CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Summersville firefighter Seth Bostic said people in his town get on edge whenever there's a fire, fearing another string of arsons like last year.
On Thursday, seven people were without homes after their apartment caught fire late Wednesday night. On Saturday, an apartment complex along Camp Fork Road burned to the ground and a third blaze last week destroyed a vacant building that once housed a Workforce West Virginia office.
Despite a recent rash of fires, Bostic said he doesn't think Summersville has a higher than normal number of blazes.
"It's all in a day's work for us," he said.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, one apartment caught fire at Summers Village Apartments along Summers Village Drive. The complex has eight units and seven people lived there, Bostic said.
"The power and water's gone off and two or three units burned down," he said. "There's smoke damage everywhere."
The fire's cause is still under investigation, he said, and firefighters are still looking into what caused two others last week.
The vacant building, along Broad Street, still had electricity service even though it hadn't been used in several months. Bostic said the building used to house a bowling alley. A fire also destroyed a house along Camp Fork Road on April 28, leaving two people homeless.
Salvation Army Capt. Robert Barber said he's also recovering from a fire that totally destroyed the organization's thrift store and chapel in Summersville on Feb 8.