Fire Marshal reviewing evidence in fire at Johnson City nightclub, owner thankful no one was injured


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Roped off and still covered in soot, it has been a few days since a fire ripped through the library night club on West Walnut street.  Fire crews made their rounds Monday morning, checking on the building. Once a popular hangout spot for area college students, now sits in ruins.

Michelle Gibson owns The Library night club. She says the fire has left her staff of more than 20 people without jobs.

“I mean we are just numb. It’s something you never dream of happening, but it has happened and right now we are just going to take it day by day.”

Investigators say they are still pilfering through evidence including surveillance video from security cameras.

“We will just finish processing the scene and some of the evidence that we have collected,” Lieutenant Mike Hill with the Johnson City Fire Department said.

Lieutenant Hill says right now they have no reason to believe this fire is suspicious, but are focusing on several things inside the club.

“One of the things you are looking at is the electrical system. And a lot of time with structure fires, it is one of the key components that do actually cause a fire,” Lieutenant Hill said.

For now, Michelle Gibson says she will have to wait until the investigation is complete before making a decision regarding the club’s future.

“You can always build a building back, but you can not replace a life,” said Gibson.

Still she is grateful her staff members are safe.This is the second fire to happen on West Walnut street in less than month.

The other fire happened at the old General Mills building. The Fire Marshal says they have no reason to believe the two fires are connected.

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