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Body found after Morgan Co. fire

September 02, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man was found dead Thursday morning inside a mobile home that burned just west of the Berkeley-Morgan county line on W.Va. 9, police said.

Investigators believed they knew the man's name but were withholding it Thursday pending more information, Morgan County Sheriff's Department Deputy Timothy Stapleton said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Stapleton said.

Fire units from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Hedgesville, W.Va., were called to Fox's Hollow about 7:30 a.m. Thursday for a mobile home fire, Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Department President Steve McBee said.

Firefighters arrived at 7:54 a.m. to find the mobile home engulfed, with flames coming out of the windows, McBee said.

Neighbors told firefighters there might be someone inside the home, but search efforts were prevented by the intensity of the flames, McBee said.

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The fire was knocked down by 8:45 a.m. and rescuers entered the home where they found a badly burned body, McBee said.

"The body was burned beyond recognition," McBee said.

Police believe the mobile home had only one occupant at the time of the fire, Stapleton said.

An autopsy will be performed at the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office in Morgantown, W.Va., Stapleton said.

There was no clear indication in the mobile home of what started the fire, McBee said.

The fire was being investigated by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office.

An investigator from the state Fire Marshal's Office did not return phone calls Thursday.

Rescue crews from the Hancock Fire Company and Morgan County Rescue also responded to the fire, McBee said.

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