The Times West Virginian

November 18, 2012

Mannington house destroyed in fire

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — A fire Friday morning on Flaggy Meadow Road in Mannington completely destroyed a home, but officials say there were no apparent injuries.

Mannington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Moran said the structure was a total loss.

According to 911 dispatch logs, the fire was called in around 9:10 a.m. Friday. Fire trucks arrived on scene by 9:20 a.m., at which point the structure was already “fully involved,” according to Assistant Fire Chief Paul Tennant of the Mannington VFD.

“The whole back of the house was already gone when we got there,” he said Saturday. “It was just a short time before the roof caved in.”

With as dry as it’s been, a wood-framed house like this was “like a piece of dry kindling wood,” Tennant said, and went up extremely quickly.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but officials believe it started in the bathroom.

“The man was lying on the couch and he said he heard a pop,” Tennant said. “When he got up and went (to look in) the bathroom, the fire was already up the one side wall and across the ceiling.”

All the residents of the home made it out safely.


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