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fork lift co. fire

February 19, 2002

A family owned fork lift service ruined by fire



Inwood, W.Va.

By SARAH MULLIN / Staff writer, Martinsburg


A commercial building that housed a fork lift service caught fire Monday morning, causing an estimated $200,000 in damages, said Rusty Morgan, assistant chief for South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department.

Slonaker's Fork Lift Service near Inwood on W.Va. 51 is owned by Juanita Slonaker, according to Morgan.

South Berkeley received the emergency call at 9:42 a.m. When they arrived, the eastern section of the wood truss roof was fully engulfed in flames, Morgan said.

A backhoe was brought in to move the tin section of the roof out of the building so firefighters could enter the building, he said.

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The western side of the building, which held extra parts and a small shop area, was unharmed by the fire, Morgan said.

There were no injuries and the building was unoccupied, Morgan said.

Morgan said the department was not ruling out any possible causes.

The investigation was made more difficult due to the backhoe, which moved material around while it removed the tin roof, Morgan said.

Back Creek (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Co. and the Martinsburg Fire Department assisted South Berkeley.

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