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Aug. 13, 2020

JCFD responds to structure fire at Widener’s Reloading/Shooting Supply

The Johnson City Fire Department was dispatched to Widener’s Reloading/Shooting Supply on West Market Street for a fire alarm at 2:31 a.m. today. Multiple calls to Washington County 911 reported fire and explosions at the location.

The Johnson City Fire Department responded with six engine companies, three truck companies and two district chiefs for a total of 26 fire rescue personnel on scene. Upon arrival, JCFD found the building heavily involved in fire. Units immediately began firefighting and search and rescue efforts to ensure no victims were present.

“The firefighting crews were met with some extremely hazardous firefighting conditions,” said Johnson City Fire Department Chief James Stables. “Due to the nature of the materials stored on site and the advanced state of the fire, several small and moderate explosions were emanating from the building.”

A Johnson City building inspector has determined the building to be uninhabitable. The Johnson City Fire and Police departments will remain on site throughout the evening. A joint investigation including the Johnson City Fire Department, Johnson City Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms representative and the private insurance company investigator will begin tomorrow to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

There have been no reported injuries or deaths.

West Market Street was closed in both directions while the fire was contained. Westbound traffic will remain restricted through Friday (Aug. 14). Drivers are urged to avoid the area and find alternate routes.