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Fire destroys ranch-style home in Bunker Hill, W.Va.

January 20, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A fire Friday afternoon destroyed a small, ranch-style home in Bunker Hill, W.Va., displacing two adults and a child, the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. said.

No one was injured in the fire at 218 Budding Dogwood Road, which was reported at 1:37 p.m., according to fire company Deputy Chief P.J. Burroughs and a Berkeley County Central Dispatch supervisor.

The homeowner said he had just started a fire in the woodstove before the flames apparently ignited the home off Rawhide Drive and Specks Run Road, Burroughs said.

Fire was showing through the roof of the home when firefighters arrived, he said.

Units responding to the fire, in addition to South Berkeley, included the Back Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 167th Air National Guard Fire Department, Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Citizens Fire Co. in Charles Town, Independent Fire Co. in Ranson, W.Va., and Clear Brook (Va.) Volunteer Fire & Rescue Inc.

The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family, Burroughs said. While the home was a total loss, he said some items in the basement may be salvageable.

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— Matthew Umstead

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