No one injured in Elkins fire
ELKINS — Nobody was injured early Thursday morning when a fire overtook a residence in South Elkins.
Fire crews were called to a Livingston Avenue residence at approximately 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning to battle a blaze in the rear of the residence, Elkins Fire Chief Tom Meader said.
“I’m not really suspicious or anything. I called the fire marshal’s office in just to determine what really happened,” Meader said. “It could be electrical but, just to be on the safe side, I always like to call them in if I can’t — it was burnt so bad in the back room. Just the one back room burnt.
“The front two sections have smoke and heat damage, but I called them in to determine what caused it and what happened,” he continued.
Two adults, three children and a few dogs inhabited the home. None of the residents were at the house at the time of the fire, and the dogs were safely rescued.
“They weren’t at home. There were some dogs in the house, but we got them all out. They are fine,” Meader said.
In addition to the damage to the home, a portion of the neighboring garage also was damaged during the blaze.
“We had an exposure damage to the garage. It just melted some siding on it,” Meader said.
The fire was “knocked down” quickly, but crews were on scene for roughly three hours.
“We had it knocked down within probably 45 minutes. I’m not saying it was out, but it was knocked down within 45 minutes,” Meader said. “Then we had to pull some ceilings and some walls where it got into it. We were on scene for about three hours.”
Meader contacted the Red Cross to ensure the family had a place to stay, but said the house wasn’t destroyed.
“It’s not a total loss,” he said. “It can be fixed, but they can’t live in it right now until they get it straightened out.”
Assisting on the scene was the Beverly Volunteer Fire Department, Coalton Volunteer Fire Department and Randolph County EMS. Leading Creek Volunteer Fire Department covered the Elkins station. Roughly 2,500 gallons of water was used to combat the blaze, Meader said.
A post is being circulated on Facebook Thursday outlining what is needed by the family due to the fire destroying many of their clothes and possessions.
“(The residents) lost everything in a fire early this morning what the fire didn’t get the water and smoke did they are in need of clothes here are sizes.
Boy 4 to 5 T shoe 10 to 11
Girl 14/16 shoes 6 in woman’s
Girl 8/10 shoes size 3
(Women’s) pants size 16 shirts XL shoes 8 1/2
(Men’s) jeans 34 shirts large shoes 8.”