Yesterday, Kingsport firefighters (B-shift) responded to the 1500 block of E Street around 530pm to find a fully involved large garage/shed structure. The fire had spread to another nearby structure, but was quickly extinguished. The original garage style structure was a total loss, and a track-hoe was called in to assist in demolishing the unstable structure to allow firefighters to extinguish the remaining materials that were still smoldering.
This morning, around 10am, Kingsport firefighters (A-shift) returned to the same lot on E Street for a reported structure fire. Once again, as units arrived on-scene, they found another structure to be heavily involved with fire and smoke showing. The fire had quickly grown within a few minutes before firefighters arrived on-scene. The fire had spread into the attic of the abandoned structure, but firefighters were able to gain control quickly. The initial crews pulled two cross lays and a 2 1/2″ attack line to extinguish the fire. Firefighters placed two elevated masterstreams above the fire, but they were not needed due to firefighters gaining control of the fire quickly.
The Kingsport Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting the investigation and believes that the fires are connected. The power had been disconnected to the abandoned structure on Tuesday, the day before the fire occurred. The Fire Marshal’s Office suspects that the fires were intentionally set and that arson has been committed. They are asking any citizen that has information that may assist in the investigation to call the Tennessee Arson Hotline.
TN Arson Hotline: 1-800-762-3017
- Earn a cash reward of up to $1,500
- All calls are confidential
- The Arson Hotline is a phone line dedicated to receiving information about suspicious and incendiary fires. It is answered 24-hours a day, and you may remain anonymous when providing information. Cash rewards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction.