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Fire destroys Berkeley Co. home

January 18, 2011

INWOOD, W.Va. — A family escaped injury Tuesday morning when their Berkeley County home was engulfed in flames, South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Richard “Rick” Petry said.

The fire, which was reported at about 6:30 a.m., destroyed the one-story residence at 1610 Tabler Station Road, Petry said.

Homeowner John M. Copley III told officials that family members were sleeping and he awoke to see smoke in the house, Petry said.

While the cause of the fire is under investigation, Petry said Copley indicated the fire might have started in the basement around a wood stove.

Firefighters were somewhat delayed in reaching the home by icy road conditions, and the residence was not in an area served by hydrants, according to Petry.

South Berkeley and Back Creek Valley firefighters initially dispatched to the call were assisted by personnel from Baker Heights and the 167th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard.

Allegheny Power officials were contacted to cut service to the home, which Petry estimated was worth more than $100,000.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family, Petry said.

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