The Times West Virginian

March 5, 2014

Monongah man in critical but stable condition

After attempting to save family pets in house fire

By Richard Babich
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A Monongah man, Brian Coleman, is in critical but stable condition at the West Penn Burn Center after his home caught fire.

According to Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy D. Wheeler, the Colemans and one of their grandchildren evacuated the home when they noticed the fire. Brian Coleman then re-entered the home.

Coleman sustained burns and smoke inhalation when he attempted to save three family pets. He was airlifted to the West Penn Burn Center.

“The home appears to be a total loss,” Monongah Volunteer Fire Chief Harless McCombs said. “(We are) waiting on weather to break to see the seed of the fire.”

According to Marion County Central Communications officials, the fire was reported at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Marion County Rescue Squad; Marion County Sheriff’s Office; and Monongah, Worthington, Shinnston, Valley and Boothsville volunteer fire departments responded to the call.

The Colemans are the owners of Heavenly Hoagies, which has been in business for several years. The business has a Facebook page that has been updating individuals on the status of Coleman.

According to the Heavenly Hoagies Facebook page, Coleman re-entered his home in an attempt to save the three family dogs. Coleman was unable to save the family pets.

Many friends of the Colemans have reached out through social media. One such family friend has set up a bank account to help the Colemans cope with the losses and pay for the expenses they may face.

“He’s self employed. so he’s not getting paid,” the friend said. “The bank established the account when we asked the bank what could be done.”

The account was set up through The First Exchange Bank in Mannington, though the friend says you can make the deposit at any of First Exchange Banks in Fairview, Mannington, Barrackville or Fairmont.

If you are interested in donating, make the deposit out to "Brian and/or Ann Coleman.”

“Brian Coleman is a good person,” the friend said. “(He was) always willing to help other people.”

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or Follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.