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Condo unit destroyed in blaze

Jennifer Sprouse • Jun 30, 2012 at 9:39 PM

A six-unit apartment complex at 1005 Harbour Drive caught fire Saturday afternoon near the intersection of Carroll Creek Road and Bristol Highway.

According to Capt. Lynn Peters with the Johnson City Fire Department, they received the call at approximately 4:15 p.m. and were told that flames were visible from the apartment complex.

“At that time, we requested additional resources and manpower and fire equipment, along with the Johnson City Power Board to secure power to the building,” Peters said. “We have a total of six apartments and all of the occupants in those six apartments are going to be displaced due to this fire.”

Peters said all residents self-evacuated from their apartments at the time of the fire.

“We’re checking with the occupants now if they have a place to stay with relatives or friends. If they do not have a means for that, then the Red Cross will come in and assist them,” he said. “No injuries, that we know of, have been reported, whether it be civilian or service personnel.”

The cause and initial starting place of the fire is still unknown at this time, Peters said.

“We have our fire department’s investigation team in at this time,” he said. “They’re already conducting interviews on-site with the occupants and witnesses. This will be a lengthy investigation probably.”

Peters said they were assisted by the Johnson City Police Department and Washington County EMS, who helped conduct the mandatory on-site rehabilitation program for service personnel, as well as assisted in traffic control.

He said the Jonesborough Fire Department and Sulphur Springs Fire Department helped cover their outlying areas, while their own off duty personnel were called in to assist with the fire.

The investigation into the fire was still ongoing.

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