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Fire guts W.Va. home

November 30, 1999|By Dave McMillion

Fire destroyed a two-story Cape Cod style house on Leetown Road early Christmas Eve, a local fire official said.

No one was home and no one was injured, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co.

When help began arriving at 6650 Leetown Road, flames were shooting out every window, he said.

Fire crews received a call about the fire at 12:38 a.m. after a passerby notice the blaze and reported it on a cell phone, Smith said.

Although about 40 firefighters quickly reduced the intensity of the fire, there was already substantial damage to the home, which is between Middleway and Summit Point, W.Va., Smith said.

"There wasn't anything we could do. It destroyed everything," Smith said.

The house was owned by Joyce Reedy, he said.

The residents had left for a weekend vacation but returned when Smith's department was leaving the scene.

Smith said Sunday he had not reached the people who lived there to determine if they needed a place to stay.

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A car was parked at the house and Smith said firefighters did not know until after about an-hour-and-a-half of firefighting whether anyone was inside.

Firefighters from the Citizens, Independent and Shepherdstown fire departments responded, as well as from the Baker Heights and South Berkeley fire departments in Berkeley County, W.Va., and some from departments in Virginia, Smith said.

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