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Family loses home south of Martinsburg

May 02, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A family of 12 was being assisted Friday evening by the American Red Cross after a fire caused about $150,000 in damage to their ranch-style home south of Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County emergency officials.

No one was injured in the blaze, officials said.

The fire at 371 Cardinal Drive, west of Interstate 81 near the community of Tablers Station, W.Va., was reported about 5 p.m. and began in the addition of the single-story wood frame home in Valley View Acres, said Russell Carpenter, South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Department's assistant chief.

Carpenter said the cause of the fire was under investigation. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office was contacted to investigate.

Firefighters had to set up a tanker shuttle to get water to the scene of the fire because there were no hydrants, Carpenter said.

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John DiCarlo of the Eastern Panhandle chapter of the American Red Cross said four adults and eight children were residing at the home.

"They lost everything," said DiCarlo, who said the house was destroyed.

The ages of the children ranged from teenagers to a very young child, said DiCarlo, a member of the chapter's disaster response team.

Members of the community who would like to donate to the family may contact the Berkeley County offices of Eastern Panhandle chapter of the Red Cross at 304-263-5241.

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