Fire scorches apartment complex

BUCKHANNON – A fire caused irreversible damage to a downtown apartment and business complex in Buckhannon Sunday.

The early morning blaze affected four apartments and a downstairs thrift store called Thrifty Nifty on East Main Street in Buckhannon.

Three of the apartments were occupied, but no one was injured. Some residents escaped with the help of on-scene firefighters, Buckhannon Fire Chief Mitch Tacy said, adding that he estimates about eight tenants resided in the building.

“The apartment building is totaled,” Tacy said. “The fire got into the attic and it pretty much gutted the attic out of it.” The American Red Cross has offered the tenants provisions and help with lodging, he said.

Tacy said he is uncertain what caused the fire to break out at 6:14 a.m. Sunday morning, but the Buckhannon Volunteer Fire Department and the West Virginia State Fire Marshall will be teaming up on the investigation.

Tacy said the fire started upstairs in one of the apartments and continued upward to the attic. The building sustained irreversible fire and water damages and can no longer be occupied, he said.

In addition to the Buckhannon Department, the Warren District, Washington District and Weston fire departments all responded to the scene. The Elkins Volunteer Fire Department offered manpower at the Buckhannon Department to help cover any station calls.