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Franklin business damaged in fire

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A tree-trimming truck and part of a Franklin business’s building were damaged in a fire Monday night.

Franklin firefighters were called to Brown’s Tree Service off U.S. 31 South about 9:15 p.m. after a passer-by noticed the fire, spokesman Chuck Ridpath said.

Officials spent two-and-a-half hours at the scene and are still investigating the cause of the fire, which destroyed a truck and part of the pole barn-type building where it was stored, Ridpath said.

The fire also caused smoke damage throughout the building and caused firefighters to close part of U.S. 31 to get access to a hydrant, Ridpath said.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire, Ridpath said.

Brown’s Tree Service opened in 1997 at 201 S. Morton St., next to Greenlawn Cemetery. It offers tree trimming, planting and removal services.

Owner Dan Brown said the fire caused at least $200,000 worth of damage to multiple pieces of equipment and the building.

He said he got a call shortly after 9 p.m. from his security company, who said the business’s alarm had gone off and thought it was a false alarm. Brown called police after the security company said there was continued movement in the building, and police told him there was a fire.

The tree service company will remain open while the building is restored, Brown said.

“It’s going to take a little bit, but we’ve been through the flood, and now we’ve got to go through the fire,” Brown said.

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