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Fire causes estimated $200,000 in damage to W.Va. house

August 27, 2008

INWOOD, W.Va. - A southern Berkeley County family was uninjured Tuesday night when their two-story wood-frame home caught fire, according to Rick Petry, chief of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Company.

The cause of the blaze at 68 Saratoga Road, about two miles south of the fire company's main station in Inwood, is being investigated by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office, Petry said.

Reported to the county's 911 dispatchers at 6:16 p.m., the fire appeared to start on the sun deck outside the house, then burned up the back side and into the attic before 30 firefighters were able to put it out, Petry said.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 8:50 p.m.

Petry said the home owner, Jose Melon, his wife and three children were home when the fire began.

"It just burnt the roof off the whole thing," Petry said.

Damages were estimated to be about $200,000, but Petry said the home could be repaired and items inside the residence were salvageable.

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Firefighters from South Berkeley and the Back Creek Volunteer Fire Company later were joined by volunteers from the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Petry said.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department's fire investigation team also responded to the fire, Petry said.

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