As the winter weather hit the Tri-Cities this past week, it has caused travel concerns, school closures, and created extreme working conditions for firefighters. A number of structure fires have been reported throughout Sullivan County, the City of Kingsport, and Johnson City, TN.
Just after 4AM this morning, B-shift firefighters in Kingsport were notified of a working structure fire in the 500 block of Jersey Street. Engine 5 (Border Patrol) was already on the road after responding to an alarm in Downtown Kingsport. Engine 5 made a quick response to the fire to find a single family dwelling around 50% involved. An aggressive knockdown contributed to the fire being quickly brought under control. The residents were in the home at the time of the fire, but were alerted by a working smoke detector. With the temperatures continuing to be in the single digits, the overnight wind chill was well below zero.
Units Responded: C-3, Engine 5, Engine 4, Engine 1, Engine 2, Ladder 1
Kingsport Fire Department Press Release:
The Kingsport Fire Department urges you to check your smoke alarms monthly. If your smoke alarms are over 10 years old they need to be replaced with a Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm.
Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms have an ionization sensor for fast burning fires and a photoelectric sensor for slow smoldering fires. Place long life lithium batteries in the alarms to last the life of the alarm.
For more information contact the Kingsport Fire Marshal’s Office at 423-229-9440.
Click here for WJHL Channel 11’s article, Kingsport family displaced after early morning fire at Jersey Street home.
This evening, A-shift firefighters were again alerted of a working fire in Station 2’s zone just before 5PM. As Engine 2 arrived on-scene to report a single story residential structure with smoke and flames visible from the exterior. Engine 2 made the initial attack with a 1 3/4 inch crosslay. They were able to knockdown the fire inside the home, but the fire had spread to the attic prior to their arrival. Once the ceiling was opened up, crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire. Once again, the cold temperatures added an extra degree of difficulty with ice.
Units responded: C-3, Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 1, Fire-Rescue 12, Engine 8, Ladder 1
Note: Several other agencies assisted firefighters and the residents on-scene these calls. Sullivan County EMS, Kingsport PD, AEP, Kingsport Public Works, and the American Red Cross all assisted on-scene.