Kingsport FD: Structure fire in industrial building in Sullivan Gardens, local church joins in to provide meals to crews


KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) – City officials said that the Kingsport Fire Department (KFD) was dispatched to a structure fire near Sullivan Gardens Parkway Thanksgiving morning, and ended up with an unlikely welcome while they fought the blaze.

According to KFD public information officer Barry Brickey, firefighters were called to Master Tool and Die on Regional Park Drive around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

In images provided to News Channel 11, smoke was seen billowing from the windows of a building, with firefighters working to extinguish the blaze.

By the end of the fight, six out of nine Kingsport fire trucks were on the scene.

While off-duty and standby crews were called to the area, local churchgoers made sure the firefighters didn’t go hungry.

“It makes us feel good,” said Casey Wade of Ridgeview Baptist in Church Hill. “Because we are able to help and show the love of Christ like that.”

Wade said the congregation heard about the fire and knew they needed to pitch in, so they brought boxed Thanksgiving meals for first responders on the scene.

Officials reported that no one was injured by the fire, as the business was empty at the time.

“We had a quick stop on it,” said Kingsport Fire Department deputy chief Terry Arnold. “Everyone came together, even on a holiday. We made it happen.”

This is an ongoing story. Details will be updated as they become available.

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