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Car crash sets house on fire

April 12, 1997


Staff Writer

KEARNEYSVILLE. W.Va. - A Kearneysville couple was rudely awakened early Saturday morning when a car plowed into their home on W.Va. 9 and set the house on fire.

The couple, John F. James and his wife, escaped from the house without injury, said D. Lee Morgan, chief of the Shepherdstown Fire Department, one of three area companies that responded to the fire.

The house and the car were destroyed, authorities said.

The driver of the car, Tracy Heironimus, 19, of Martinsburg, W.Va. managed to get out of the car on her own, Morgan said. She was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Charles Town, W.Va. where her condition was listed as fair Saturday night.


Heironimus has been charged with DUI, state police said.

The couple is being housed temporarily in a Charles Town area motel by the Red Cross, Morgan said. He said the damage to their home and antiques inside is estimated to more than $90,000.

Morgan said the couple needs clothing and furniture. "Anyone wishing to help can call my home at 304-876-6273 for information." Morgan said.

The couple is retired, he said. They could not be reached for comment.

According to state police, Heironimus was driving east on W.Va. 9 shortly after 5 a.m. when her 1991 Escort ran off the south side of the road, ran over some stones in the James' yard and rammed into their home.

The highway was closed between Border Road and W.Va. 480 for several hours following the accident, police said.

The Independent and Citizens fire departments from Charles Town also responded.

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