A fire late Friday night claimed the lives of a Mannington couple.

According to officials on scene, the fire began around 9:30 p.m. Fire rescue personnel were alerted after one of the victims, a woman, called her daughter to tell her that there was a fire in the house and that they could not get out.

Fire rescue personnel from Marion and Wetzel counties were on scene and worked valiantly for almost two hours to put out the fire. At its height, the flames could be seen from Farmington.

In addition to the house where the fire began, a house next door and a house behind were also affected by the flames. Even the tree outside burned.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The names of the victims have not yet been released.

Read the complete story in Saturday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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