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Section of Lynn Garden Drive closed due to fire

STAFF REPORT • Aug 6, 2018 at 6:02 PM

KINGSPORT — The cause of a residential fire that caused a shutdown of Lynn Garden Drive on Monday evening remains under investigation, but the Kingsport Fire Department did confirm that there were no injuries.

Around 4:45 p.m., the KFD responded to a fire at 1530 Lynn Garden Drive, which is located almost directly across the street from KFD Station 5.

KFD spokesman Barry Brickey told the Times News that the fire was actually reported by a witness who walked across the street and knocked on the Station 5 door.

Six engines responded to the blaze, with the first firefighters on the scene reporting flames and smoke visible from the two-story structure's roof.

Although firefighters were able to knock down the flames fairly quickly, they remained on the scene for several hours monitoring hot spots.

As a result, Lynn Garden Drive traffic was detoured because the KFD had to run a hose to a hydrant across the street.

Police were interviewing neighbors and witnesses as firefighters fought the blaze. Brickey couldn't say Monday evening if the fire was suspicious, but it was "under investigation."

It's also not known if the house is inhabited or vacant or if anyone was in the home when the fire started. Brickey could only confirm that there were no injuries.

The cause of the fire hadn't been determined as of Monday evening, as firefighters were focused on clearing out the smoke and extinguishing hot spots.

Brickey said fire marshals would likely be back Tuesday looking for the cause.