Police log

March 07, 2002|BY

Blaze investigated as possible arson

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - A house fire in the Harpers Ferry Campsites Wednesday night was being investigated as a possible arson, said West Virginia State Police.

There were no injuries in the fire, police said.

Further details were not available because officials with the Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co. remained on the scene late Wednesday.

Harpers Ferry Campsites is a housing community off Chestnut Hill Road on the Blue Ridge Mountain.

Hagerstown residents facing drug charges

Hagerstown City Police have charged two Hagerstown residents with drug offenses, Sergeant Curtis Wood said Wednesday.

The department's Street Crimes Unit, armed with a warrant, searched 503 W. Church St. at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, Wood said.

Helen Louise Burchett, 32, of that address, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of paraphernalia, Wood said.

Donald Shoop, 30, of the same address, was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, he said.


House fire damage estimated at $70,000

RANSON, W.Va. - A fire that slowly burned inside a house at 104 E. 7th Ave. Wednesday caused about $70,000 in damages, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Volunteer Fire Co.

Smith said he believes the fire started around a woodstove. The fire slowly burned in the house during the day and when firefighters arrived, it had almost burned out because there was no more oxygen in the house, said Smith.

When fire fighters opened doors at the house, the fire flared up again, causing excessive heat, said Smith.

Fire was extinguished in some areas, only to flare up again, Smith said.

There was a small fire in the woodstove when Shirley Jones, who rented the house, left the house Wednesday morning for work, said Smith.

The house is owned by Donald Chapman of Rippon, said Smith.

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