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Three building fires keep W.Va. firefighters busy

January 02, 2001

Three building fires keep W.Va. firefighters busy



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Local firefighters responded to three building fires early Tuesday. The fires caused substantial damage but no injuries were reported, officials said Tuesday.

The Martinsburg Fire Department began battling a fire in an old two-story structure in the 300 block of E. Stephen Street at about 3 a.m., said Capt. John Bigiarelli.

"It was fully involved on arrival," he said. "It was pretty much gone."

The building was a total loss, although no dollar value could be placed on it, he said. It was unclear who the owner was or what caused the blaze.

"We're still investigating it," he said.

Firefighters were mopping up from that fire at about 5 a.m. when they got a second call for a fire at a small utility building at the Perfection Garment complex at E. John Street and Winchester Avenue.

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The building, owned by Vincent Groh, sustained about $3,500 damage, Bigiarelli said. The cause of that fire also was under investigation.

Bedington, W.Va., firefighters were called to a garage fire at about 3 a.m., said Capt. Tom Newcomb of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Dept. The fire occurred on U.S. 11, across from Quarry Road, Newcomb said.

"It was a basic garage," said Newcomb, who placed the damages at about $5,000.

No owner has been found or cause identified, Newcomb said.

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