The Times West Virginian

Local News

December 5, 2013

Two escape before fire destroys home on Burnt Cabin Road

FAIRMONT — “God will take care of me.”

Even as firefighters from eight units from two counties fought the blaze that was consuming the mobile home on Burnt Cabin Road she shared with her brother, Leah Snodgrass remained calm.

Sitting in a black chair in front of her daughter's home, she admitted she was a little shaky, but other than that, she knew she was lucky.

Things could have been disastrous.

The house was gone, she knew, and everything inside it.

But they were just things. And things can be replaced.

“God was looking out for me,” she said.

Her brother was out in the kitchen, making himself a grilled cheese sandwich. She usually took her shower and then had lunch, but for some reason, this day she did the opposite.

It’s a good thing, she said.

When the fire broke out shortly after 12:30 p.m., she would have been in the bathroom, which was behind her brother’s bedroom.

“And there was no way out,” she said.

She said she looked in her brother’s bedroom and saw flames racing up the wall and onto the curtains. She knew they had to get out.

“All I had time to get was my cell phone,” she said.

She sighed, purposefully keeping her back to the smoldering, twisted ruins of her home.

Luckily they both got out in time, and then she dialed 911. Within minutes, units were there.

“It seemed like forever,” she said.

“I’m not sure what started it, but there was a space heater in his room,” she said.

Friends and neighbors gathered to comfort the pair.

“I’m OK,” she kept saying. “I’m OK.”

Firefighters responded from Barrackville, Boothsville, Bunner Ridge, Grafton, Monongah, Rivesville, Valley and Worthington, along with the Marion County Rescue Squad and Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies.

The flames quickly spread throughout the home. When responders arrived, it was fully involved, said Roger Mundell of Valley.

A tall plume of thick black and grey smoke, seen billowing toward the sky from Route 310, attracted onlookers, who parked along the narrow, winding road and stood on the steep banks to watch the fire.

Additional units were called on scene as late as 2:30 as firefighters doused hot spots that tenaciously popped up here and there.

The fire spread from the trailer to both an outbuilding and an attached garage, flames licking at the corners of the roof.

A few firefighters entered the garage as more smoke billowed from window cracks.

“The house was a total loss,” said Jon Cogar Sr. of Winfield VFD.

“The cause is undetermined.”

When it was obvious the home was gone, Snodgrass already began mourning the loss of those irreplaceable items everyone has ... photos, letters, trinkets and mementoes.

She knows that over the next weeks and even months, she’ll remember more and more items she lost.

“But they can be replaced,” she said.

“Thank God for smoke detectors.”

Email Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Farmington couple charged with child neglect

    A Farmington couple was charged with child neglect after the wife allegedly sold drugs out of their home with children present.

    July 24, 2014

  • Children's Hospital Donation 2 - CB.jpg Students raise money for WVU Children’s Hospital

    Children from Sunbeam Early Learning Center visited West Virginia University’s Children’s Hospital Wednesday to make a special delivery.
    Two students, Niasia Payne, 10, and Desiree Balch, 11, held a bake sale at Sunbeam July 9 and 10 to raise money for the hospital and set a goal for $50.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fairmont seeks to rebrand itself

    The city of Fairmont is starting to try to reach out to residents in new ways.
    The city created a new position, Fairmont program manager of marketing and communications, to help facilitate the effort.
    Hanna Weaver said she started the job around four weeks ago. She is originally from the Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Highlands region, and her previous job was working as executive director of the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    July 24, 2014

  • TWV, ARC sponsoring blood drive Friday at FSHS

    The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage.
    According to the American Red Cross, there have been 80,000 fewer blood donations given since May than expected. This has created an urgent need for blood donations as the Red Cross may soon face a blood shortage.

    July 24, 2014

  • Bridgeport man charged with threatening officer

    A plaintiff in a four-year-old fraud cause is now being accused of not only threatening a State Police officer, but also the lives of the officer’s wife and children.
    Christopher John Domico, 37, of Bridgeport, was arrested Wednesday and charged with retaliation against public officers and witnesses.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mary Jane and Patches -ts.jpg Can-Do campers learn about emergency safety: PHOTOS

    Patches and his fire truck “pumper” made a special visit to the Can-Do summer camp.
    Can-Do summer camp, held at the Disability Action Center, is a week-long camp that is intended for individuals with disabilities. Wednesday began with a lesson about emergency safety.

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • Korean War Memorial seeks funds from county commission

    The Korean War Memorial was suggested to be completed in phases.
    Marion County Development office director Charlie Reese was assigned to review and make a recommendation on what steps the memorial needs to complete to earn more funding. During the last meeting, the Korean War Memorial project had requested $8,000.

    July 24, 2014

  • Fairmont reaching out in new ways

    The city of Fairmont is starting to try to reach out to residents in new ways.

    July 23, 2014

  • Police: Plaintiff threatens trooper, wife and children

    A plaintiff in a four-year-old fraud cause is now being accused of not only threatening a State Police officer, but the lives of his wife and children.

    July 23, 2014

  • Children's Hospital Daycare bake sale reaches 10 times goal for children's hospital

    Children from Sunbeam Early Learning Center visited West Virginia University's Children's Hospital today to make a special delivery.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads