A few minutes after 10 AM this morning, Kingsport Firefighters responded to the 1000 block of Rosetree Lane for a reported structure fire. Due to the quick response, fire units arrived on-scene within five minutes. An aggressive fire attack and search was made, locating two victims within three minutes of arrival. The victims were removed from the structure and treated by Kingsport firefighters and SCEMS crews. Despite their best efforts, the small child succumbed to the injuries sustained in the fire, and a young woman is in critical condition.
The city of Kingsport had been without a fire death for a remarkable 6 1/2 years. The department has credited this to updated fire codes, an aggressive prevention program, and quick response times. It was reported that there were no working smoke detectors in the residence on Rosetree Lane at the time of the fire. Investigators remain on-scene to find the cause of the fire.
Let’s keep everyone involved in our thoughts and prayers. KFD “C” Shift responded to the incident this morning, and this is the same shift that rescued two children from a blaze a few weeks ago. Read that article here and here.