Two boys, ages 11, 12, charged in Kingsport’s ‘Supermarket Row’ fire

(Source: Kingsport Fire Department)

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Two pre-teen boys connected to a massive fire in Kingsport are now facing charges.

The fire happened last Thursday in the 400 block of West Sullivan Street, known to many in the community as “Supermarket Row.” It took multiple fire crews several hours to put out the blaze.

The Kingsport Police Department and the Kingsport Fire Marshal’s Office interviewed bystanders and potential witnesses who said they saw two male juveniles in the area. Two boys ages 11, and 12 were quickly identified as possible persons of interest.

Investigators said they determined the boys-in-question started the fire after interviews with them.

On Thursday, the Sullivan County District Attorney General charged the boys with aggravated criminal trespassing and reckless burning.

“Reckless burning is basically a reckless intent, recklessly setting fire to some type of material and some type of destruction taking place as a result there of,” said Assistant District Attorney Lewis Combs.

Both that charge and the aggravated criminal trespassing one, Combs said, would be considered a delinquent act.

“Which is basically any kind of a criminal act that an adult can do but it’s done by a juvenile,” Combs said.

As for the punishment they could face if convicted, Combs said that could range from supervision to custody.

The boys are scheduled to appear in Sullivan County Juvenile Court on June 2.

KPD said on Friday the case remains an active investigation so limited details about the case will be revealed to the public at this time.

The vacant building most recently was the IGA grocery store and was previously home to an Oakwood grocery store.

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