Around 1730 hours on Tuesday, March 4th, Kingsport Firefighters were alerted of a reported structure fire on the 1500 block of E Street in the Highland area. As units were responding, Dispatch advised that they had received multiple calls and units were able to see thick black smoke from a distance. Deputy Chief Jim Everhart (C-3) arrived on-scene and reported heavy fire showing from the structure.
As Engine 2 (“The Deuce”) arrived on-scene, they discovered that the fire had spread from the original structure and had also partially involved a vacant structure next door. Due to the rapid fire spread, other nearby structures were also in danger. Two cross-lays were pulled to make an aggressive defensive attack on the original structure, and also to extinguish the fire that had spread to the nearby vacant house. Crews were able to lay a line to a nearby hydrant to provide a water supply, and a larger hand-line was also used to extinguish the large volume of fire.
Due to the extreme instability of the original structure, fire crews did not place themselves inside of the building, but were able to remove parts of wooden siding to extinguish the fire. The building contained an assortment of items, but was not a primary residence for any citizen. Since the building was a total loss and was structurally unstable, crews requested a track-hoe to assist with digging out hot-spots rather than place firefighters in harms way.
The fire was located across the street from another fire that B-shift had responded to a couple of weeks ago. You can read about the residential fire that possibly contained explosives by checking out the article, Explosives Force Kingsport Firefighters to Evacuate. The cause of the fire is under the investigation of the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Units that responded: Chief- 3, Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 6, Engine 8, Fire-Rescue 5, Fire- Rescue 12, Ladder 1, and Safety.