West Virginia News

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Martinsburg house fire injures two, results in total loss

A house fire late Tuesday night caused minor injuries to two people and caused severe damage to a single-family residence in Martinsburg, according to Baker Heights Fire Department Chief Marty Roberts. At approximately 10:54 p.m., a residence located at 335 Bernice Ave. caught fire, resulting in a total loss, Roberts said. Roberts said two people in the house suffered minor injuries from the fire. He said both people were sent by ambulance to Berkeley Medical Center. A fireman was also injured, but was treated on the scene, Roberts said. “One firefighter was treated on scene for debris in the eye,” he said. “The eye was flushed with no further injury and no further treatment or transport.” Roberts said a possible cause for the fire was a cooking accident.
Martinsburg Journal

Hepzibah: Man says he lit mom’s house on fire before Thanksgiving

Authorities say a West Virginia man has admitted to setting his mom’s house on fire two days before Thanksgiving. The state fire marshal’s office on Monday said 33-year-old Christopher M. Curia has been charged with first-degree arson for setting the blaze. Officials say Curia told investigators he set the fire at his mother’s house in Hepzibah on Nov. 26. No one was injured, but the fire caused $30,000 in damages. Curia was arrested and records show he is jailed at the North Central Regional Jail. It’s unclear whether he has yet hired an attorney.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Lewis County: Local firehouse dog is the mascot for annual animal shelter drive

It's the season of giving back .. But it's important to remember the needs of our four legged friends during the winter as well. That's why Weston's volunteer fire department hosts their annual collection drive for their local animal shelter - inspired by a very special resident. Halligan, a five year old dalmatian- serves as both the volunteer fire department’s and the town’s mascot. "He's very popular, that's for sure," said volunteer Andrew Reynolds And over the past four years, firefighters have used his popularity to give back through a month long event called "Halligan's Drive to Make a Difference". The donations go to the Lewis/Upshur county shelter- which the firefighters say have an almost constant need for more supplies "We're looking for wet dog food, dry dog food, cat litter, bleach, collars, leashes, any toys," Reynolds said Dropping off donations is easy.

Pendleton County Fire Slowing In Monongahela National Forest

Wet, cool conditions are helping to slow a wildfire in Pendleton County that broke out on Thanksgiving. The Dry Hollow Fire was first reported early Thursday in the Monongahela National Forest near the community of Upper Tract. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire has burned nearly 1,300 acres of both public and privately-owned land. The fire is burning with low to moderate intensity, which is beneficial for some forest species regeneration, including oaks and Table Mountain pine, the agency said. No structures are threatened. The fire is about 60 percent contained and Forest Service Spokesperson Kelly Bridges said the agency expects fewer firefighters will be needed Tuesday. Burned areas remain closed to the public. The cause of the fire is under investigation. You can find the lastest on the fire here.
West Virginia Public Television

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