Daily Dispatch: West Virginia News
Dogs die in Charleston house fire
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
PHOTO: Five dogs died in a house fire Tuesday evening in Charleston. The fire broke out at a home along Vincent Street just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Neighbors called 911 when they saw smoke coming from the home. The person who lives in the home was not home at the time of the incident. Crews are trying to figure out how the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Fairmont: Arson suspect captured on unrelated charge
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 01:57:52 -0700
Although authorities have a suspect in custody for an arson they report happened last Friday, they are withholding the individual’s name. “We are not releasing any other details at this time,” said Steve Shine, Fairmont Police chief. Police are, however, asking the public to provide any information that may lead to the whereabouts of the jacket, shirt and shoes they believe the suspect was wearing when the deadly blaze was set.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 1:57:52 AM - SOURCE: Fairmont Times West Virginian
Fire destroys unoccupied house in Rumble
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:39:52 -0700
An early morning fire destroyed a house in Rumble on Tuesday morning. According to Racine Volunteer Fire Chief George Hill, the structure was fully ablaze when they arrived. "It was fully involved," he said. "It was a vacant home with no utilities on it and we've turned it over to the state fire marshal for an investigation.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 10:39:52 AM - SOURCE: Logan Banner
Martinsburg taps retired New Mexico fire chief to lead Martinsburg Fire Department
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 06:46:44 -0700
A retired New Mexico city fire chief will take over the same post in Martinsburg, the city announced Friday. J.D. Hummingbird will assume the role of fire chief for the Martinsburg Fire Department beginning Monday, March 25, City Manager Mark Baldwin said. Hummingbird comes to Martinsburg after having served 11 years as fire chief in Artesia, New Mexico.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2019 6:46:44 AM - SOURCE: Martinsburg Journal
Two escape burning Huntington home safely
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:04:48 -0700
Two people escaped a burning home safely early Monday morning. The fire happened at a home in the 300 block of Adams Ave. in Huntington. Firefighters say flames were visible when they got to the scene a little after 1 a.m. The two people inside were able to safely get out of the home. No one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 2:04:48 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Playhouse fire injures two Lincoln County girls
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:01:20 -0700
Two girls are recovering after a fire started in an outbuilding they were using as a playhouse Saturday. According to the Harts Volunteer Fire Department, the two girls were playing with a piece of burning cardboard when somehow they lost control -- later severely burning one girl and another treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 2:01:20 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Fire destroys Charleston home
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 16:38:43 -0700
PHOTO: Crews in Charleston spent a portion of Saturday morning battling a fire off Roane Street. Crews on scene say two people lived inside the home but were not home at the time. Firefighters are unable to determine the cause of the fire but are investigating. The home is believed to be a total loss and the American Red Cross has contacted the family in hopes of assisting.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2019 4:38:43 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Two neighbors injured in Jackson County fire that destroys home, barn, burns four acres
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 06:55:52 -0700
PHOTO: Seven fire departments responded to a blaze in Jackson County Thursday that injured two neighbors, destroyed a home and a barn and burned four acres. Two neighbors – a father and son - who tried to rescue a dog from the home, located on Parkersburg Road in the community of Lockhart near Medina, suffered burns, said Jason Baltic, chief of the Silverton Volunteer Fire Department and deputy state fire marshal.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 6:55:52 AM - SOURCE: WVAH-TV Fox11
Chapmanville Fire Department gets new equipment
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 22:23:03 -0700
Bobby Boehm is a man on a mission. A lieutenant with the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department, Boehm applied for and received a grant of $5,500 for new equipment from Brothers Helping Brothers, a nonprofit charity that helps small rural fire departments throughout the nation with equipment and education.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 10:23:03 PM - SOURCE: Logan Banner
Three charged with arson, burglary following theft of deceased Harrison County war hero’s belongings
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 04:04:03 -0700
Three Salem residents are facing charges in connection to a January burglary and fire at a residence in Salem. Okey Floyd Jones, 42, is charged with first-degree arson and burglary. Jesse Jeremiah Gray, 29, and Tony Lee Wanstreet, 25, are charged with burglary. Investigators believe the three entered a residence on Gain Street in Salem on Jan.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 4:04:03 AM - SOURCE: WVMetroNews
Parkersburg City Council reviews police, fire budgets
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 23:34:34 -0700
After reviewing the Police and Fire department spending plans Wednesday, Parkersburg City Council will look to wind up hearings on the proposed $33.8 million municipal budget with potential amendments Monday. The Police Department is expected to see a $347,374 net increase in salaries and benefits from the current fiscal year’s original budget, due in large part to the $2.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 11:34:34 PM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Fire Marshal: Raleigh County church fire was arson
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 14:43:19 -0700
A fire that destroyed the Freedom Ministries Church in Daniels earlier this month was set deliberately, according to investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office. No injuries resulted from the fire, which occurred on March 3. The following week, members of the church gathered on the church grounds to worship, and Head Pastor Phillip Farrington told the congregation a new building would be constructed at the site.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 2:43:19 PM - SOURCE: WVMetroNews
Pinch: Man stuck in drain pipe for 3 hours rescued
Tue, 12 Mar 2019 11:21:14 -0700
PHOTO: Emergency crews rescued a man who was stuck inside of a drain pipe for several hours. It happened late Tuesday morning at Jardin Road and Devonshire Drive in Pinch, West Virginia. According to first responders at the scene, the man was stuck for about three hours. He was able to call 911 at one point, but the phone died.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 11:21:14 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Wood County Fireman’s Association honors former Mineral Wells VFD fire chief
Tue, 12 Mar 2019 23:32:24 -0700
A former chief of the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department was honored Monday at the Wood County Fireman’s Association monthly meeting as the 2018 Fire Fighter of Year by the Sons of the American Revolution Capt. James Neal Chapter. Bernard Cothern originally received the award at the chapter’s quarterly dinner at Colombo’s Restaurant in February.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 11:32:24 PM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Weirton won’t be applying for SAFER grant
Tue, 12 Mar 2019 06:40:00 -0700
Weirton Council, during its meeting Monday, voted down a resolution authorizing the city to apply for a 2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant, with the goal of hiring five new firefighters. Council voted 2-5 on the resolution, which would have authorized the city, through Sustainable Strategies D.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 6:40:00 AM - SOURCE: Weirton Daily Times
Three inmates taken to Charleston hospital
Tue, 12 Mar 2019 05:10:27 -0700
Three inmates from the South Central Regional Jail were taken to a local hospital overnight, according to the Charleston Fire Department. There is no confirmation on why they were taken to the hospital. Firefighters say there was a possible gas leak inside of the jail, but they could not find it. They tell us the gas was turned off to the jail as the investigation into what happened is ongoing.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 5:10:27 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Two charged after burglary, arson in Harrison County
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 14:29:46 -0700
Three people have been charged after a robbery and fire at a home in Harrison County. According to the criminal complaint, crews responded to a fire at home on Gain Street in Salem in January. The fire was later determined to be an arson. Officials say the owner of the home had been away for days at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 2:29:46 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Huntington grease fire destroys one home, spreads to two others
Sun, 10 Mar 2019 14:22:44 -0700
A fire on Jefferson Avenue in Huntington has left one family homeless and two other homes facing heavy damage. Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader says the fire started after the homeowner was cooking grease. Rader says the kitchen quickly caught fire and wind spread the fire throughout the house. Everyone, including animals made it out of the home safely.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 2:22:44 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Everyone OK after car crashes into Huntington fire engine responding to call
Fri, 08 Mar 2019 14:07:20 -0800
Everyone is OK after a crash involving a car and a Huntington Fire Department engine Friday. It happened at the intersection of 8th Street and 11th Avenue. 911 dispatchers say the call came in around 1:30 p.m. Friday. Huntington Police responded to the crash, but dispatchers say there were no injuries.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 2:07:20 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
No injuries reported in Cabell County fire
Sun, 10 Mar 2019 14:54:53 -0700
Firefighters said no one was injured after a home in Ona caught fire Sunday afternoon. A home on Mourning Dove Drive caught fire at about 1:45 Sunday afternoon. Everyone inside was able to safely make it out of the home. At this time the cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 2:54:53 PM - SOURCE: WVAH-TV Fox11

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