UPDATE 8:25 p.m.: Kingsport dispatchers said both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 near mile marker 66 are back open.
UPDATE 5:35 p.m.: As of 5:15 p.m., Kingsport area first responders were still on the scene of a tractor trailer fire on Interstate 81 southbound. Kingsport Police say the fire happened near the 66 mile marker.
Traffic is down to one-lane. The right lane is still blocked to traffic. Kingsport Police say it will continue to be blocked for at least a couple of hours.
Police are encouraging drivers to avoid the area and take an alternate route if possible.
UPDATE 4:40 p.m.: A News Channel 11 reporter on scene says first responders have reopened one southbound lane of Interstate 81 after a tractor trailer fire near mile marker 64.
Captain Kenneth Draper with Kingsport Fire and Rescue said no one was hurt in the fire. Draper told News Channel 11 the driver of the tractor trailer was able to pull off the highway and exit the cab of the truck.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) — News Channel 11 is on the scene of a tractor-trailer
fire on Interstate 81 Southbound in Kingsport near mile marker 64.
Kingsport dispatchers said the call came in around 3:50 p.m. Friday. Kingsport Fire Department is on scene and police were also responding.
According to dispatchers, Interstate 81 Southbound will be closed off while first responders clear the scene.
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