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Man Dies in Moundsville Mobile Home Fire

Photo by Derek Redd - One man died in a fire that engulfed this Ruby Street mobile home over the weekend.

Preliminary investigation suggests that a man perished in a fire caused from smoking in bed over the weekend, according to Moundsville police.

Moundsville Police Chief Tom Mitchell said the 60-year-old man, whose name was not released Monday, died as the result of a fire which broke out on Ruby Street, shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department and Glen Dale Fire Department arrived on scene to find the man’s mobile home had quickly been engulfed in flames, which appear to have hit his bedroom the hardest.

The West Virginia Fire Marshal is investigating the incident, Mitchell said, though he added that the apparent cause seemed to be that the man fell asleep smoking in bed.

“His room was the most burned-up portion of it before the firemen got there,” Mitchell said. “… They’re looking into smoking as a possible cause. Everyone should remember that smoking in bed is not a good thing to do, especially if you have oxygen.”

Mitchell also commented that many mobile homes are highly flammable, leading to quick-spreading, highly dangerous fires.

“Our guys got there and they were unable to get into the trailer, because trailers go really quick,” he added. “The materials they’ve got in there, it’s a horrible fire scenario. Once a trailer’s on fire, you’ve got maybe a minute or less to get out.”

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