Firefighters in Wheeling will soon have new life-saving technology.
At Tuesday night's city council meeting an ordinance was unanimously passed to spend just under $78,000 to buy new thermal imaging cameras.
Nine new cameras will be purchased, adding to the three the city already has.
“The thermal imaging cameras allow us to better enhance our search and rescue efforts, allows us to actually see through smoke, actually identify bodies and even hot spots on a fire,” said Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms. “This will give us the opportunity to place one of these devices on every engine in the city. So, when the first arriving company gets on scene, they'll have that technology. It will definitely enhance our efforts.”
Chief Helms thanked the city council for their continued support.
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A vacant house fire in Malden is being investigated as 'suspicious' Thursday morning.
According to the Malden Volunteer Fire Chief, the fire started in the 100 block of Gap View Drive. Crews say they believe flames started in the back of the house.
Firefighters were able to force their way in through the front door and put out the flames.
Officials tell WSAZ the house's power supply was disconnected at the meter.
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Crews say a homeowner managed to get out of her house that caught fire Wednesday morning in the Barboursville area.
Barboursville Fire Deputy Chief Andrew Frazier said the fire started in a furnace unit under the home and went up through the bathroom and into a hallway.
The fire was reported just before 8:15 a.m. at Southview Lane and Spring Drive in the West Pea Ridge area of Barboursville.
No one was hurt.
The house sustained moderate damage.
Crews from Barboursville, Green Valley and Ohio River Road fire departments responded to the scene.
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