Fire at W.Va. warehouse investigated

April 15, 2006


A preliminary investigation shows that a fire in a vacant warehouse Friday might have been intentionally set, a fire captain said.

The fire was reported at 5:46 p.m. at a vacant fruit warehouse near the intersection of Queen Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Capt. Steve Canby of the Martinsburg Fire Department said.

The warehouse is part of a complex owned by Vincent Groh, he said.

Firefighters forced open the door to the warehouse after seeing smoke coming from the two-story building. A fire on the first floor was put out in about 20 minutes, Canby said.


Nobody was found inside the building, but investigators did find four separate places from which flames appeared to emanate.

"I have a feeling that it was set," Canby said.

The blaze remains under investigation.

The building is still standing, and Canby said a dollar estimate of damages was not yet available.

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