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Kingsport apartment fire displaces five families

By Meaghan Smith, msmith@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 04 2013 05:17:43 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 04 2013 04:15:04 PM CST

Five families are forced out of their homes after flames tear through their Kingsport apartment complex.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

Five families are forced out of their homes after flames tear through their Kingsport apartment complex.

We've learned one person had to be taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The fire department says one apartment is destroyed and four others at the Sir Echo Drive complex suffered smoke damage. 

Early Wednesday afternoon, flames fully-engulfed an apartment. 

Firefighters rushed to the scene and put out the blaze. "All the engines came in running emergency. When they arrived, they found one of the apartments fully involved and right now, they're still trying to hit some hot spots, but we've got the fire completely under control," says Barry Brickey with the Kingsport Fire Department.

Margie Axton got a call from her husband while she was at work, that their apartment building was burning. "He said the apartment was on fire. I hung up and got behind the fire trucks and followed them in here," says Margie Axton.

The Red Cross is helping the affected families.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.