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Fire Destroys Vacant House in Moundsville

Photo by Scott McCloskey Multiple Marshall County fire departments responded to a vacant house fire at 79 Oak Ave., Moundsville, early Monday morning.

No injuries were reported after several Marshall County fire departments responded to an early morning vacant house fire at 79 Oak Ave., Moundsville.

According to Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Danny Holmes, they received a call at approximately 4:40 a.m. of possible electrical arcing on a utility pole outside the residence. He said the Moundsville Police Department arrived on the scene first and reported a fire in progress.

Holmes said when the fire department arrived on the scene a fire had already begun on the first floor of the structure.

“It got into the first floor and was starting up the wall to the second floor,” Holmes explained. “There were no injuries. Nobody lived in the house. It’s been vacant since like December, but it still had the power. Family members did come over and check it often. It was their mother’s house.”

Firefighters were still spraying water into a second floor window hitting hot spots just after 9 a.m. Holmes said the house is considered a total loss and the fire continues to be under investigation.

Emergency personnel responded from multiple agencies in Marshall County, including: Moundsville city and volunteer fire departments, Glen Dale, McMechen and Limestone fire departments , Marshall County EMS, Tri-State EMS, Moundsville Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff Department.

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