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W.Va. family escapes burning home in morning hours

June 23, 2006

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - A Jefferson County, W.Va., family was able to safely escape from its home in the Shasta East subdivision early Thursday before fire consumed the split foyer house, a Shepherdstown Fire Department spokesman said.

People in the house at 117 Seventh St. escaped after they were awakened by a smoke alarm, Bob Burner said.

There were two adults and a baby upstairs, and at least one other child in a downstairs section of the home, Burner said.

The fire was reported about 1 a.m., and the left side of the house was engulfed in flames when the first firefighter arrived, Burner said.

The house was destroyed in the fire, and firefighters spent much of their time pulling sections of the home apart so it could be fully extinguished, Burner said.

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It is not clear what started the fire, Burner said.

Red Cross workers set up a motel room in Charles Town, W.Va., for the family to stay in, Burner said.

One Shepherdstown firefighter cut his hand on a piece of glass and was transported to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., for treatment, but no other injuries were reported, Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Michael Smith said.

Smith said firefighters from Shepherdstown, Independent Fire Co., Citizens Fire Co., Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co., Baker Heights Fire Department and Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Co. responded to the call.

The Shasta East subdivision is off Shenandoah Junction Road north of Charles Town.

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