The Johnson City Press is reporting that traffic is still not allowed near a section of downtown where a towering inferno erupted late Monday night, leaving charred ruins of what once was an apartment building in the heart of the city.
The section of West Watauga Avenue between Market and Main streets, where the apartment complex at 322 W. Watauga sits, was still closed as of 1 p.m. Tuesday. An earthmover was called in to scoop up the fallen bricks scattered in the road from the destroyed building.
Assistant Fire Chief Mark Finucane expected the road to be open soon, though.
Six engines, two ladders, one manpower squad and 25 firefighters eventually were called to the fire, which began about 11:15 p.m. Monday. One fireman said the department’s day shift was called in to combat what was probably the largest blaze in Johnson City in about 20 years.
No injuries were reported.
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