Lee Harper, one of the three men who rescued the victim from the house fire at 310 Martin Street in Kingsport. All photos by Ned Jilton II
A man was saved from a house fire in Kingsport thanks to the quick thinking of three people, one of them a teenager.
The Kingsport Fire Department received a call about a structure fire at 310 Martin Street a little after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Barry Brickey, public education officer for the KFD.
Rescuers know of at least two people, a mother and her grown son, who were in the house at the time of the fire. Neither was critically injured.
Two 911 calls were placed by Scott Carver and Lee Harper.
Harper is 16 years old and a neighbor. He saw smoke coming out of the basement and called 911.
Carver owns Carver’s Comfort Heating and Cooling and was on Gravely Road when he saw flames coming from a house. He also called 911.
Carver, a co-worker and Harper approached the house to see a woman sitting on the porch.
“Flames were shooting out of the house and we heard a man,” Carver said. “We saw the mom. She was just sitting on the porch, crying.”
Harper said the mother was saying her son was down in the basement.
All three men went into the house to find the son. When they found him, he was lying on the ground and the smoke was so thick, all they could see was his feet.
So the trio grabbed the man by his feet and dragged him out of the house.
“The house was black with smoke,” Harper said. “He tried to go back in and we had to stop him. The fire was right over top of him.”
When firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were visible. Engines responded to the fire very quickly and the fire was under control by 4 p.m., Brickey said.
The fire marshal will make a determination about what caused the house fire by the end of the day, Brickey said. He also thinks if it hadn't been for the quick actions of those three men, the fire could have been fatal.
“There’s no doubt they saved that man’s life,” he said.comments powered by Disqus