Police respond to ‘burglary in progress call’ moments before fire at historic General Mills building

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Johnson City Fire and the Johnson City Police Department officials held a news conference Monday afternoon where they confirmed officers responded to the General Mills building on a burglary in progress call approximately 10 minutes before to fire crews received the call about the structure fire.

According to Johnson City Fire Chief Mark Sirois, firefighters received a call about the fire around 9:24 p.m. When the nearest engine arrived on the scene, officials said the fire was reported to be through the roof of the 100-year-old building.

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Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois praised the fire department and fire chief Mark Scott for their professionalism in putting out the blaze.

Johnson City Police Chief Mark Sirois praised the fire department and fire chief Mark Scott for their professionalism in putting out the blaze.

The Johnson City Fire Marshal is investigating the fire with the assistance, if needed, of the Johnson City Police Department.

Chief Sirois said his department regularly receives calls about trespassing from the public.

Just a few minutes before the fire call, the Johnson City Police Department received a call at 9:17 p.m. about a burglar in progress.

When officers arrived, they found a person on the premises of the old General Mills. Sirois said that person experienced a medical issue and had to be taken to the hospital.

Sirois also said it’s not known if this person is connected to the fire.

Officials held the conference in the Commission Chambers of the Municipal and Safety Building on East Main Street.

We’ll post the latest details from the event as soon as they become available.

See also: Crews contain fire at historic General Mills building in Johnson City

 

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