MFD battles a pair of fires

An apartment fire in Barkley Landing left two people without a place to live while another fire three hours later partially shut down a Morristown factory.

Around 9:26 p.m. Thursday, Morristown Fire Department responded a fire at 256 Barkley Landing where an apartment in the complex was found to be locked with smoke breaching the edges of the door and through the ceiling into the apartment located directly above it. MFD personnel forced entry and was met with heavy smoke and flames in the kitchen area. After the fire was extinguished, a search was conducted for occupants of the apartment, but none were found.

MFD performed salvage and overhaul and confirmed there was no fire extension into the structure. Smoke was removed from the unit via positive pressure ventilation. The apartment’s two residents arrived on scene shortly after the fire was extinguished. The two occupants are staying with friends for now.

Smoke alarms in the apartment alerted a neighbor who reported the fire which tremendously reduced the burn time which resulted in minimal damage. According to the Morristown Fire Marshal’s office, the fire appeared to have started in the apartment’s kitchen area. Damage is estimated at $20,000. There were no injuries as 4 engine companies, 1 truck company and 1 command vehicle (15 firefighting personnel) responded to the scene along with Morristown Police Department and Morristown EMS.

Approximately three hours after clearing the scene at Barkley Landing, MFD was dispatched at 2:19 a.m. for a structure fire at 134 Pope Road, the location of Jones Fiber. MFD personnel arrived on the scene and found heavy smoke coming from the ductwork on the roof. The fire was heavily concentrated in a filter system but also had fire throughout the ductwork inside the building, according to the Fire Marshal’s Office. MFD extinguished the larger concentration of fire and then eliminated the remaining issues within the ductwork. The sprinkler system did its job by keeping the fire in check until it could be extinguished to prevent further damages.

The fire was extinguished around 2:40 a.m. No injuries were reported.

There were 4 engine companies, 1 truck company and 1 command vehicle (15 firefighting personnel) that responded to the scene along with Morristown Police Department and Morristown EMS.