City apartments damaged in fire

Published 7:52 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Star Photo/Abby Morris-Frye  Fire and smoke damaged a city apartment Tuesday afternoon.

Star Photo/Abby Morris-Frye
Fire and smoke damaged a city apartment Tuesday afternoon.

A set of city apartments was damaged by smoke and fire Tuesday afternoon but no one was injured in the incident.
Firefighters with the Elizabethton Fire Department responded to a report of a fire just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday at 716 S. Lynn Ave., a two-story building that houses two apartments, one downstairs and one upstairs. Firefighters arrived at the home within two minutes of being dispatched.
“We were called on a structure fire with possible entrapment,” EFD Battalion Chief Steve Murray said. “Upon arrival we had moderate smoke coming out of the upstairs apartment with the possibility of someone inside.”
Murray said firefighters made entry to the home and did a primary search for any individuals who may have been inside but none were found. The firefighters extinguished the fire and set up fans to clear smoke from the upstairs apartment. Once the fire was controlled, firefighters conducted a second search of the building to ensure that no one was inside.
No one was at home in either apartment, Murray said. However, a small dog that had been inside one of the apartments was found at the scene deceased.
Murray praised the work of the firefighters in responding quickly and ensuring no one was injured.
“It was a quick attack, quick knockdown,” he said. “Today was a good day.”
Elizabethton Fire Marshal Andy Hardin responded to the scene to help investigate the cause of the fire. On Tuesday afternoon, Hardin told the Elizabethton Star it appears the fire was electrical in nature.

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