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Fire that destroyed mobile home is under investigation

September 02, 2010

RIDGEWAY, W.Va. -- A fire that destroyed a mobile home near the community of Ridgeway in southern Berkeley County Thursday afternoon is under investigation, South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Chief Richard "Rick" Petry said.

A man and a woman who were in the home at 365 Maize Lane were not injured, Petry said.

"We totally feel this was accidental, we have no cause for it," Petry said.

A woman told firefighters she discovered the front wall of the living room on fire after hearing a noise from a bedroom where she was sleeping, Petry said.

Firefighters who were dispatched at 3:46 p.m., found the home off Avanti Drive engulfed in flames upon arriving there, Petry said.

The home was owned by Denny Snyder Sr., Petry said. He said the home was a total loss, and estimated the damage at about $75,000. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the victims, Petry said.

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In addition to South Berkeley, firefighting personnel responded from Clear Brook and Greenwood fire and rescue departments in Frederick County, Va.; the 167th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard based at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport; Martinsburg Fire Department; and Independent Fire Co. in Ranson, W.Va., Petry said.

No hydrants were in the vicinity of the doublewide mobile home, but firefighters were able to take water from a nearby pond to fight the fire, Petry said.

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