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La. man injured in Harrison County motel fire

WILSONBURG, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a motel fire that severely injured a Louisiana man.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, suffered burns over 80 percent of his body and was taken to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh, the fire marshal's office said. Media outlets reported that he was in critical condition Monday.

The fire broke out at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday at the Towne House West Motor Lodge off the Wilsonburg exit of U.S. 50 in Harrison County.

The cause hasn't been determined. Assistant State Fire Marshal Mackey Ayersman is investigating but didn't immediately return a telephone message.

Eleven other tenants who were registered at the motel and were originally unaccounted for have since been located, Harrison County Sheriff Albert Marano said Monday. All were oil and gas industry workers who were on their way back to town for the week.

"They'd gone home for the weekend and didn't know about the fire," he said.

Executive Director Robin Moore said the North Central West Virginia chapter of the American Red Cross is working to house the displaced occupants, but accommodations are scarce because so many hotels and motels are already filled with oil and gas workers.


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