Family Left Homeless After Early Morning Blaze

A blaze that destroyed two homes at 16 and 18 Drummond St. in Moundsville early Friday morning remains under investigation, according to city Fire Chief Noel Clark.

Crews from McMechen and Washington Lands assisted Moundsville firefighters in extinguishing the blaze that began at about 4 a.m. Friday.

Clark said everyone escaped the fires without injury, but added both homes are total losses.

The fire began in one of the homes and quickly spread to the adjacent house. At this point, the cause is unknown.

“We’re pretty sure it started in the basement, but we’re not yet sure why,” Clark said. “It was fully engulfed when we got there.”

Clark said the first and second floors of the house where the fire originated collapsed into the basement, making the incident difficult to investigate. The destroyed houses were probably built in the early 1900s, Clark said.

Neighbors looked over the charred remains Friday morning.

“I didn’t really know them. We have a lot of people in and out around here,” one neighbor said, requesting not to be identified.

Lt. Don Marcellino of the Moundsville Salvation Army said his organization could help the displaced family with food, water and clothing. If they need temporary shelter, there are facilities available in Wheeling or Bellaire.