Dominion Officials Give Fire Assurances

MOUNDSVILLE – Officials with Dominion Resources and Blue Racer Midstream have spoken to residents of the Kent community near the site of a weekend fire, they told the Marshall County Commission on Tuesday.

During a meeting of the commission, Robert C. Orndorff Jr., managing director of state and local affairs for Dominion, said he has had conversations with about 25 residents of the addition, which sits just north of the Natrium-based plant on W.Va. 2. Orndorff said he plans to meet with residents again in the future.

Orndorff was accompanied by other representatives from both Dominion and Blue Racer Midstream while speaking to the commission. He said officials wanted to directly update the commissioners on the the investigation into the incident, which took place just before 1:30 a.m. on Saturday.

He said an independent third party and the state fire marshal’s office are still working to determine the cause.

Orndorff also told the commissioners the water used in fighting the fire came from a two million gallon tank on site, which proved to be sufficient for battling the fire.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said while crews from the Washington Lands, Moundsville and New Martinsville fire departments were inside fighting the fire, several other volunteer departments were outside the plant gates performing other duties and were ready, if needed, to provide tankers.

Orndorff thanked Hart, Larry Newell and his 911 staff, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, the West Virginia State Police and volunteer firefighters from Marshall and Wetzel counties for their quick response to the incident.

Hart commended the first responders for their dedication and noted that training played a big part in fighting the blaze. Hesaid Marshall County Deputy Steve White was the one while on patrol in the area who made the initial discovery of the fire.

Commissioners Don Mason, Brian Schambach and Bob Miller also expressed appreciation to those who responded to the fire and whose involvement played a factor in no fatalities or injuries.