Update: Families lose all in E. Myrtle house fire

Becky Campbell • Jan 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Two Johnson City families suffered significant personal losses in a house fire today, but no one was injured and firefighters also saved a dog.

The call to 911 came in around 1 p.m. that the house at 1405 East Myrtle St. was on fire and everyone was exiting.

Roger McVey said he lives there with his wife, daughter and five grandchildren.

“I was sitting in the living room and I just got off the phone with my boss,” McVey said as he watched Johnson City firefighters working on his home.

“All I know is my daughter said, ‘Get out, get out,’ and there was flames going up the wall,” he said.

The Johnson City Fire Department responded to the call with three engines and a ladder truck and had the fire out quickly.

The American Red Cross is assisting the two families who lived in the house.

Larry Neslon, an emergency services specialists for the Red Cross office in Johnson City, said two Red Cross volunteers responded to the fire scene and secured emergency lodging and food and clothing vouchers for a total of nine people, including six children who ranged in age from under 10 to teenagers.


Earlier report filed at 1 p.m.:

Johnson City firefighters are on the scene of a house fire at 1405 E. Myrtle Ave.

The fire began just before 1 p.m.

Heavy smoke was being reported in the house.

A reporter and photographer are on the scene. Keep checking back for more information.

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