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Fire destroys one building; another is saved

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two fires that broke out within an hour of each other early Friday morning show what a quick response from firefighters can mean, emergency officials said.

One building was destroyed by the fire and another was saved with only minor damage, according to Kanawha County Deputy Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman.

Sigman said the first fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. at an excavating company on Cheshire Lane, not far from the Clendenin exit of Interstate 79. He said firefighters responded immediately to the call but had no idea how long the building had been burning before they arrived.

"It was cooking," Sigman said. "It was fully involved when they got there. I don't care how much equipment would have showed up or how much water you would have put on it, the damage was done before they got there."

Sigman said firefighters from the Clendenin, Pinch and Frame volunteer fire departments were eventually able to knock the blaze down, but the building was destroyed.

Sigman doesn't yet know the extent of the damage, but said there was some excavating equipment inside the building. No one was hurt.

Another fire broke out about 2:20 a.m. at a residence in the 4400 block of West Washington Street just outside Dunbar, Sigman said. Firefighters from the Dunbar and South Charleston fire departments were able to get to the fire quickly, and the blaze was confined to only one room.

Sigman said no one was hurt, and the homeowner decided to stay in the house after the fire was put out.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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