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Fire guts home

July 10, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - A fire raced through a one-story house along W.Va. 45 near the Jefferson County line Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

The fire, which caused up to $100,000 damage, appears to have started in the garage of the house, which is on Kisner Lane across from Alto's Club, said Andy Martin, chief of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Co. It is not clear what started the fire, Martin said.

The fire spread upward and through the attic, Martin said.

When firefighters arrived, about 60 percent of the house was engulfed in flames, Martin said.

Phil Kisner and his son, Aaron, were sleeping inside the house when the fire started, Martin said.

Phil Kisner woke to the smell of smoke in the house and was able to escape safely with his son, Martin said.

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The blaze will be turned over to the state fire marshal's office to determine a cause, said Tommy Newcomb, deputy chief of the Bedington Volunteer Fire Co.

Three firefighters who suffered heat-related complications at the scene were treated and released from City Hospital, Newcomb said.

As firefighters were close to extinguishing the blaze, a thunderstorm passed through the area.

Phil Kisner's wife, Karen Kisner, said she and her family had lived in the house for 22 years.

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