Video: Raging fire destroys Lynn Garden house leaving five homeless

Jeff Bobo • Jan 15, 2018 at 8:26 PM


Video courtesy of Devin Moore

Update: KFD Structure Fire in Lynn Garden On January 15:

The Kingsport Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 1056 Lynn Garden Dr. at 3:21 PM on January 15 2018. The first KFD Unit arrived on scene 2 minutes and 8 seconds later to find the structure fully involved. KFD Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and to protect the neighboring structures. The residents were able to escape the home and no injuries were reported.

The fire is currently under investigation by Certified Fire Investigators of the Kingsport Fire Marshal’s Office. A preliminary determination is that the fire was accidental in nature. The fire’s origin was in an area of the home near a heater. Two aerosol cans in the area of origin and a 5 gallon gas can on the front porch are thought to have contributed to the accelerated progress of the fire.

Kingsport Fire Marshal Robert Sluss stated; “Modern furnishing in homes hit flashover eight times faster than in homes with older furnishings from decades ago. Underwriters Laboratory has determined through live fire testing that fires today are more dangerous and pose more risks than in the past. Fire propagation is faster, and time to flashover, escape times and collapse times are all shorter.” - Underwriters Laboratory article: https://newscience.ul.com/articles/modern-residential-fires

-See the difference in the home fires in this Underwriters Laboratory video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7T43OmErmU

Public Education Officer Barry Brickey encourages families to follow these safety tips:

· Have working smoke alarms

· Create a home escape plan for your family

· Call 911 as quickly as possible

· Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

· Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

· Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

· Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

· Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

· Replace any smoke alarm that is over 10 years old with new dual sensor smoke alarms.


KINGSPORT — Firefighters don't yet know the cause of a raging house fire on Lynn Garden Drive that left five occupants homeless Monday afternoon.

At about 3:20 p.m. Monday, the Kingsport Fire Department responded to the fire at 1056 Lynn Garden Drive, across from the end of Gravely Road.

Kingsport Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Everhart described the occupants as five young adults who were renting the house. All of them were home at the time, and they got out of the burning house safely, Everhart said.

"When our units arrived on the scene, there was heavy fire coming from the front and side of the house," Everhart told the Times-News. "At this time it's under investigation as to what may have been the cause. There's nothing really suspicious. It's just we can't determine what it is, so we've called in our inspector to make that determination."

The occupants indicated they weren't sure what caused the fire either.

"One male said he came out and, as he exited the house his girlfriend came out and said, 'The house is on fire,' " Everhart added. "When he went back up the (porch) steps, he said the front living room was fully involved. The inspector is looking at some things and hopes to have a cause by tomorrow (Tuesday)."

The house is a total loss, Everhart said.

Everhart said the occupants would be staying with family. He said the American Red Cross had been notified to offer assistance.

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