A pair of preteen boys have now been charged in last Thursday's fire at "Supermarket Row" on Sullivan Street: A massive blaze that gutted the structure, billowed smoke over downtown and closed city streets. On Friday morning, Kingsport police announced that the suspects, ages 11 and 12, had been scheduled for arraignment on June 2 in Sullivan County Juvenile Court. Each is charged with reckless burning and aggravated criminal trespassing. Due to their ages, names had not been released.
The boys were identified through a cooperative effort between Kingsport police detectives and the Kingsport Fire Department Fire Marshal's Office. Firefighters battled the blaze and smoldering remains for nearly 12 hours.
Johnson City Press
A pool chemical leak forced an evacuation at a fitness center in Chattanooga early Friday morning. Chattanooga firefighters responded to a reported hazardous materials incident at the Sports Barn North on Hamill Road just after 6:30 Friday morning. Battalion Chief Carlos Hampton said an employee was working with some pool chemicals when some of the liquid leaked out of a container.
The employee said he breathed in some of the vapors from the liquid and became ill.
When the manager learned of the accident, she called 911.
The fire department responded with several fire companies, including the haz-mat team, and the building was evacuated as a precaution.
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Memphis Fire Investigators are looking for an arsonist, after a Berclair home was set on fire three times in one week. This all happened last week.
Now, the homeowner told FOX13 it caught fire again!
The most recent fire happened at the home on the 4700 block of Hillmont Avenue.
The homeowner sent FOX13 video and said the home will now be torn down.
Earlier fires blew flames into the attic of the house next door, causing significant damage in Margie Starnes’ house. She’s lived in the home for 50 years.
“It means a lot to me,” Starnes said, describing her house. “My husband passed away 10 years ago. It was our first home.”
WHBQ MyFox 13 Memphis
Three people were hurt in a car crash late Thursday morning.
According to East Ridge officials, the two-car accident happened at about 11 a.m. at the intersection of Ringgold and McBrien Roads. A gray SUV rolled over on its top as a result of the crash.
Fire Chief Mike Williams said that three people involved in the accident suffered minor injuries. One person was transported to Erlanger Hospital while two people were taken to Children’s Hopsital.
There is no information on the condition of the people hurt in the accident.
It is not clear if any charges will be brought against the drivers involved in the crash.
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