Around 1AM, C-3, Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Ladder 1, Fire-Rescue 5, and Fire-Rescue 12 were notified of a structure fire on the 1600 block of C Street in the Highland area. As Engine 2 arrived in the area, they had thick smoke visible as they turned from Center Street onto C Street. Engine 2 assumed C Street Command and reported a single story residence with heavy smoke showing. As Command completed a 360, firefighters stretched a 200′ preconnect to the front door and prepared to make entry.
Firefighters were faced with zero visibility conditions and advanced the hoseline through the structure to locate the seat of the fire. As the fire was being extinguished, crews worked to complete a primary search of the residence. Once the fire was quickly knocked down and the primary search was clear, ventilation was set-up to improve visibility inside the structure. Engine 3 laid the supply line in from a near-by hydrant, and additional firefighters were assigned to RIT.
Firefighters remained on-scene to extinguish hot-spots and complete overhaul for a few hours. Engine 5 (Lynn Garden) covered the downtown area while crews were working on C Street. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Kingsport Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Division.
One family was displaced from the residence on C Street.