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Fire destroys home

March 09, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A one-story home in the Eastland subdivision received about $500,000 in damage Sunday night when fire raced through the structure at 109 Foxhall Road, a fire official said.

When firefighters arrived to the scene off Old Cave Road, heavy fire could be seen in the basement and flames were spreading up the side of the house into the attic, said Ed Hannon, assistant safety officer for Citizens Fire Co.

At one point, a section of the first floor collapsed and fell into the basement, Hannon said.

Firefighters entered the house to fight the fire but were ordered out for their safety, Hannon said.

A man and woman who lived at the house were alerted to the fire by a smoke detector and escaped safely, Hannon said. They are staying with relatives.

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Hannon declined to identify the owners of the house.

Firefighters received the call at 7:30 p.m., and the last unit left the scene at 1:10 a.m. Monday, Hannon said.

Hannon said he believes the house is not salvageable.

Officials believe the fire started in the basement but it is not clear how it started, Hannon said.

A state fire marshal is trying to determine the cause of the fire, he said.

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