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Fire destroys mobile home in Berkeley Co.

March 01, 2006|by ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Firefighters said there was little that could have been done to save a mobile home destroyed Tuesday in a blaze in a remote part of southern Berkeley County.

South Berkeley County Fire Station Fire Chief Richard Petry said the mobile home, which sits at the end of Rawhide Drive, a long dirt lane off Specks Run Road, was consumed by fire by the time firefighters arrived at the scene shortly after 5 p.m.

"You can see how much is burnt," Petry said, gesturing toward the burned home where firefighters clambered about checking on hot spots. "You only got so much time."

A woman, who was asleep in the home when the fire began, escaped unhurt, Petry said.

The house's owner, Terry L. May, said he was cutting wood in his backyard when he saw the fire.

"By the time I got up here, it was already in flames," said May, who said he lives in a nearby house and rents the mobile home.

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Petry said about 20 volunteer firefighters from South Berkeley, Clearbrook, Va., and Back Creek Valley fire departments worked about 15 minutes to contain the blaze, which he said is believed to have started on a rear porch of the house.

Petry said the house sustained about $50,000 in damage.

Petry said firefighters are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

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