Daily Dispatch: West Virginia News
Huntington: Fire training session teaches skills and how to cope when short-staffed
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:44:13 -0800
As a cold January rain fell, Hunter Long methodically climbed the wet ladder, cleared the debris from the second floor window sill and crawled headfirst into the building for a simulated rescue. "I'm going in," yelled Long, an 18-year-old Cabell Midland High School student who has been volunteering with the Barboursville Fire Department for the past two years.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 8:44:13 PM - SOURCE: Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Wood County fire fee bills mailed this week
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 04:53:00 -0800
The Wood County Fire Services Board is getting ready to mail the new fire fee bills. “The 2019 fire fee invoices went out in the mail (Tuesday),” Board Chairman Kim Marshall said. ”There were no changes to the bills this year.” The new bills are due back by April 15. The fire fee is assessed annually at 2 cents per square foot for single family residences and apartments and 3 cents per square foot on industrial properties.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 4:53:00 AM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Officials: Fire that killed four children in Clay County probably accidental
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:51:36 -0800
The West Virginia fire marshal's office says investigators believe a fire that killed four children was probably accidental. The fire marshal's office said in a news release there were smoke alarms in the house, located in Clay. The news release said "investigators have ruled the fire to be undetermined in cause but most probably accidental.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:51:36 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Victims in Clay fire were foster children; cause of blaze undetermined but not suspicious
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
A family devastated by a fatal fire late Saturday night in Clay apparently had working smoke detectors and an escape plan but not everyone was able to get out safely. The blaze at a house on Main Street claimed the lives of four young foster children. The last body was pulled from the rubble Sunday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wvmetronews.com
Multiple volunteer fire departments respond to outbuilding fires near St. Albans
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:45:54 -0800
Multiple units responding to a blaze that has spread to several outbuildings outside of St. Albans. The fire was reported about 8:20 a.m. Friday on Sixth Street North on the West Side near the city. Two outbuildings were destroyed in the incident.The West Side, Jefferson, Lakewood and Institute volunteer fire departments are responding.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 1:45:54 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Volunteer fire crews respond to early morning electrical fire in Kanawha County
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 08:04:21 -0800
Pinch, Malden, and Sissionville Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a house on fire Saturday morning in the Mink Shoals area. Firefighters arrived on scene to find a small exterior fire on a two-story home in the 100 blocks of Knollwood Drive. It happened just before 9 a.m Pinch Assistant Fire Chief Donnie Milgram says a repairman drilled into an electrical line causing it to start the fire and arc.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 8:04:21 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
St. Albans fire department installs free smoke detectors in homes
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:27:15 -0800
St. Albans firefighters said they have seen an increase in requests for home inspection checks after a fire last week. "They are my everything, I fight every day to keep them safe," Brian Pence of St. Albans said. Pence said he's protective of his 4 and 2-year-old daughters., but little did he know he was jeopardizing his daughters lives every day with a smoke alarm that was not working correctly.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 4:27:15 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Body found in rubble of house fire in Alum Creek
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 15:30:30 -0800
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating after a body was discovered in the rubble of a home destroyed by a fire in Kanawha County. The fire happened about 2 a.m. Wednesday in the 1500 block of Brooke Road in Alum Creek. Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Oldaker said when firefighters arrived at the scene, the home was engulfed in flames and falling to the ground.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 3:30:30 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Investigation continuing against Martinsburg Fire Department
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 05:33:30 -0800
An investigation into allegations that the Martinsburg Fire Department hasn’t been properly testing its hoses will continue with a followup investigation, according to minutes from a Dec. 14 West Virginia State Fire Commission meeting. An investigation of former Martinsburg Fire Chief Paul Bragg, who resigned on Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 5:33:30 AM - SOURCE: Martinsburg Journal
Two in Bridgeport facing multiple charges after fire
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:54:34 -0800
Two Harrison County residents are facing charges in connection to an arson investigation. Derrick John Harbert, 27, of Stonewood, and Cheyene Sue Ayoob, 26, of Clarksburg are accused of breaking into an outbuilding near a Johnson Avenue business in Bridgeport in the early morning hours of Jan. 10. The two are accused of burglary, fourth degree arson, and entering without breaking.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 1:54:34 PM - SOURCE: WVMetroNews
Fairmont Man charged with first degree arson
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 22:40:59 -0800
A 46-year-old Fairmont man was charged with first-degree arson after he allegedly told deputies Jan. 6 he had set fire to his home, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint states that Chad Allen Moore of 2662 Colfax Rd. faces the felony offense. According to the court papers, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department responded Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 10:40:59 PM - SOURCE: Fairmont Times West Virginian
Editorial: Wheeling Fire Department Busier Than Ever
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 08:56:53 -0800
From time to time, we point out that declining populations throughout our area seem to suggest that ever-increasing government budgets could be trimmed. Apparently that is not a factor where the Wheeling Fire Department is concerned. Though the city’s population is far less than once was the case, the fire department set a new record for the number of calls answered last year — 6,885.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 8:56:53 AM - SOURCE: Wheeling Intelligencer/News-Register
Abandoned house catches fire again in Huntington
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:28:36 -0800
An abandoned garage connected to an apartment caught fire Tuesday morning in Huntington. Crews at the scene tell WSAZ no utilities are hooked up to the house and nobody lives in the second story apartment. It happened in the 900 block of 11th Street West. The 911 call came in around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 9:28:36 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Huntington man who claimed he set school bus on fire to keep warm facing charges
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 08:08:16 -0800
Huntington police said a man who claimed he set a school bus on fire to get warm is facing charges. Kendrick G. Brunson, 40, of Huntington is charged with third-degree arson and entry of an automobile, according to criminal complaints from the Cabell County Magistrate Court. Police said it happened about 6 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 8:08:16 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Firefighters respond to multiple structure fire in Dunbar
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 05:36:53 -0800
Crews are working to clear a working multiple structure fire in Dunbar. The fire started about 7 a.m. Tuesday morning on Charles Avenue. The fire likely started in a house and spread to a garage or storage shed owned by Interfab Electric, crews at the scene said.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 5:36:53 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Marion County man arrested after setting fire to home
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 10:56:03 -0800
A Marion County man has been arrested after deputies said he set fire to his own home. Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Department said they responded to the home of Chad Moore, 46, of Fairmont, on Sunday, January 6 and found him walking down the road a short distance away from the home. According to deputies, Moore was detained at the time and freely told deputes that he had set fire to his home because he was being held captive from intruders that ran out of the home when he set the stairs on fire, deputies said.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 10:56:03 AM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV Clarksburg
Firefighters battle house fire in Huntington
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 07:34:05 -0800
A Huntington firefighter received minor injuries while fighting an early morning house fire. The fire happened about 3:30 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of West 12th Street. Firefighters said it was an unsecured vacant home. The home was engulfed in heavy flames on the second floor and collapsed. A neighboring home received some damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 7:34:05 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Winfield District Volunteer Firefighters respond to pair of structure fires
Sun, 06 Jan 2019 22:50:42 -0800
Firefighters were kept busy on Sunday morning with a pair of structure fires in the area. At 6:05 a.m., Marion County 911 received a call for a structure fire on the Husky Highway, while another call came in at 9:55 a.m. for a structure fire on Colfax Road. Winfield District Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Niggemyer said although the structure fire on Colfax Road caused minor fire damage, there was extensive smoke damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2019 10:50:42 PM - SOURCE: Fairmont Times West Virginian
Judge hears motion to dismiss Parkersburg firefighters lawsuit
Thu, 03 Jan 2019 22:44:53 -0800
A judge is expected to rule in two weeks on whether a lawsuit filed by some Parkersburg firefighters against the city over a change in their pay can continue. Attorneys for the firefighters and the city appeared before Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters Thursday for a hearing on the city’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 10:44:53 PM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
8 horses in barn fire die in southern Monongalia County
Fri, 04 Jan 2019 08:45:09 -0800
Firefighters from Monongalia and Marion counties spent about an hour battling a barn fire on U.S. 19 that killed several horses on Thursday. Capt. D. Rinehart, with River Road Volunteer Fire Department, said eight horses were in the barn and did not escape the fire. The barn was between Hagans Road and what is known as the Ridge, about nine miles out of Westover and about a half-mile from the Marion County line.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 8:45:09 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8

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