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April 01, 2002

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - A fire that destroyed a house on Newkirk Drive early Saturday has been ruled arson, a West Virginia State Police spokesman said.

After firefighters began battling the blaze about 5:50 a.m., state police received a call from someone saying it was arson, said Sgt. E.D. Anderson.

It was later determined that the fire was intentionally set, Anderson said.

Anderson declined to say who made the phone call or to give other specifics.

The house was located at 55 Newkirk Drive, which is off McCoys Ferry Road, Anderson said.

No one was home when the fire broke out, he said.

The house was owned by Roger and Danetta Everhart, Anderson said.

Further details were not available Sunday night.




BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Fire destroyed a house along Shepherd Lane near Berkeley Springs Sunday afternoon, a dispatcher said.

The house was at 7 Shepherdstown Lane, which turns off W.Va. 9 near Youngblood's Antiques, the dispatcher said.

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There were no injuries in the fire, which was reported about 12:52 p.m., the dispatcher said.

Further details were not available Sunday night.




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two motorcyclists suffered arm injuries in two racing accidents at Mountaineer Raceway Sunday, an emergency official said.

The first injured motorcyclist, who was hurt about 8 a.m., was taken to Washington County Hospital, said Monte Conner, field operations supervisor for the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority.

The second motorcyclist was taken to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center later in the day, Conner said.

He said the injuries were not life-threatening.

Conner said he could not release the names of the individuals.

The racetrack, where small cars and motorcyles are raced, has drawn some complaints from neighbors about noise and other problems. It is off Tablers Station Road south of Martinsburg.




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Fire caused about $25,000 damage to an apartment at 505 S. Queen St. Sunday, according to a fire official.

Although officials are not sure what caused the fire, it may have started when a candle ignited an upholstered rocking chair, said Capt. Eddie Gochenour of the Martinsburg Fire Department.

The fire spread up a wall and into an attic, said Gochenour.

The occupants of the apartment were out of town Sunday, said Gochenour.

The building, which consists of 13 apartments, is owned by Phil Coffey, said Gochenour.

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