Lonas Fire Hall No. 12

Mayor Madeline Rogero will be in Bearden today for a ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated Fire Station No. 12. Known as the Lonas Firehall, the facility has served the Bearden business and residential communities since 1929. The ceremony is at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at 4620 Old Kingston Pike.

You’ve seen and admired the exterior for almost 90 years. Now come see what three-quarters of a million dollars will do for the interior. It’s a rare opportunity to tour the firehall, which has three floors. The main level contains a remodeled kitchen with built-in wooden cabinets and tile floors. It also features a living room with leather recliners, polished wood floors and a big screen TV. Upstairs are bedrooms, bathrooms and showers. And the basement area has been cleaned up and water-proofed. It now contains workout equipment, a laundry room and equipment storage for off-duty firefighters.

Rogero will outline all of the improvements today, but not all of the money went toward decor. The foundation was stabilized and a French drain now diverts surface water from the building. The fire station reflects the character of the community. The city’s updates may have added another 90 years of life.




Written by Sandra Clark
editor/CEO Powell community coordinator sclark426@aol.com 865-661-8777