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Fire destroys two-story home in Hensell Heights subdivision

March 30, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • The charred remains of a two-story house at 182 Powell Lane in the Spring Mills, W.Va., area after Friday morning's fire.
Courtesy of Bedington (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Department

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A fire that destroyed a two-story home in Berkeley County Friday morning remains under investigation but was not considered suspicious, according to Bedington Volunteer Fire Department official.

Jamie Hopwood and her two daughters, who reside at 182 Powell Lane in Hensell Heights subdivision, were not home when the fire was reported by a neighbor just before 9 a.m., according to a Bedington Chief William Markley and a family member.

“We have no idea what caused it yet,” Markley said Friday afternoon.

It was also unclear where the fire originated in the Bedingon-area home, he said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at 8:53 a.m.

The home, which Markley described as an older structure, was a total loss, he said.  

Firefighters were unable to battle the blaze from inside the house because it was close to being fully involved when personnel arrived, Markley said.

The fire scene was cleared just before 12:30 p.m., he said.

Units from Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department, Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department and Martinsburg Fire Department joined Bedington personnel at the scene. Medic 98, a Berkeley County EMS unit also responded.

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