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Cause of Laurel Ridge fire still undetermined

May 25, 2012

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. — The cause of a fire in the Laurel Ridge subdivision on May 19 that destroyed a two-story home and damaged two others is still undetermined, according to a state fire official said.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Patrick Barker agreed with an initial report from the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department that the fire appeared to have originated in the garage of the Quality Terrace home.

Although several neighbors’ statements concerning what they saw did not conflict with each other, a definite conclusion on the circumstances of how the fire started could not be reached, Barker said.

He noted there are a number of substances that are typically kept in a garage that could have been factors.

Three people in the home at 210 Quality Terrace were alerted by smoke detectors and managed to escape the blaze, which was reported at 1:17 p.m., fire officials have said.

 Owner Joseph Roksandich and his wife were not home when the fire started, fire officials said.

The loss to the home was estimated at $200,000, and damage to a home at 196 Quality Terrace was estimated at $1,000, fire officials said.

Damage was also done to a home at 224 Quality Terrace was estimated between $8,000 and $10,000, they said.

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— Matthew Umstead

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