1009 Rosetree Lane. Photo by David Grace.
KINGSPORT — Authorities are investigating a Tuesday morning blaze at a Kingsport home, where firefighters located a woman and a young child still inside the structure.
Rescuers pulled the pair from the residence, which was later found to have no working smoke alarms, but the child suffered fatal injuries.
The incident occurred at 1009 Rosetree Lane. Kingsport Fire Department Deputy Chief David Chase says a passerby spotted the fire and called 911 at 10:09 a.m.
According to Chase, firefighters arrived in less than five minutes and found flames through approximately 30 percent of the house. A group of firefighters entered through a rear entrance with a hose, while a second team entered through the front to conduct a search.
Within three minutes of their arrival, firefighters located the two victims inside the home. Sullivan County EMS transported the woman to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment. The child did not survive.
Five KFD engines and a ladder truck worked the scene, along with detectives from the Kingsport Police Department. The fire is under investigation with a cause yet to be determined. A press release from the KFD and KPD did not identify the victims.
Kingsport Fire Department Public Education Officer Barry Brickey reports no working smoke alarms were found in the residence. He stressed that having at least one working smoke alarm increases the chances of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.