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Firefighters put out house fire near Hedgesville

September 05, 2010

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. -- Several fire companies responded Sunday morning to a house fire in the Scenic View Estates subdivision northeast of Hedgesville, according to Berkeley County Emergency Services.

The fire in the 200 block of Michelle Drive was reported around 1:20 a.m. Sunday, a Berkeley County 911 dispatcher said.

The fire was reported out shortly after 5 a.m., the dispatcher said.

The house "has a lot of fire damage to it. It burned the first floor and the roof," said David Brining, assistant chief with the Bedington Fire Department.

The first firefighters responding to the single-family house discovered the main living floor of the house was almost completely engulfed in fire, Brining said.

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Brad and Juliana Parker and their children were awakened by smoke alarms, Brining said. They safely left the house and called 911, he said.

"The smoke alarms would definitely be credited for saving their lives," he said.

Brining said the American Red Cross was contacted to meet with the family.

The single-story house, which has a basement and garage, is not habitable. Brining said the fire appears to have started on a deck, but the cause is being investigated.

The area is near Koontztown Road, west of Interstate 81 and U.S. 11.

"We had to call for a few additional tankers because there isn't public water service there," Brining said.

Responding fire companies were from Bedington, Hedgesville, Shepherdstown and Back Creek Valley in West Virginia, and Williamsport in Maryland, according to 911 dispatchers in Berkeley and Washington counties.

-- Julie E. Greene and Jennifer Fitch

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