Junior fire leaves family homeless

JUNIOR – Despite spending hours in the rain battling a fire at a Swick Street residence Tuesday afternoon, firefighters were unable to salvage a local family’s home.

The fire that destroyed the Junior home is still under investigation by the Junior Volunteer Fire Department, officials on scene said. Junior Fire Chief Danny Bismark said the residents of the home were safe and uninjured. He said the cause of the fire is yet to be


“Everyone got out,” Bismark said, adding that the family escaped the burning house before emergency responders arrived. “There was a dog that ran upstairs. A fireman got it out and it’s OK.”

While the family and their dog escaped unharmed, Bismark said the home did not appear to be repairable.

“(There is) a lot of fire, heat and water damage now,” Bismark said.

Parts of the roof of the building had caved in and burned away, and smoke still rose from the building after the flames had been extinguished.

At least once, a small flame rekindled in a corner of the top floor. Bismark said he was uncertain at the time how many people resided in the home.

In addition to the Junior VFD, the Belington Volunteer Fire Department, the Philippi Volunteer Fire Department, the Elkins Fire Department, the Coalton Volunteer Fire Department, Belington EMS and the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene to assist.