An early morning blaze destroyed Sisolack's Truck Repair on Talbott Road in Barbour County. The fire started shortly before 8 a.m., and fire crews are expected to remain on the scene throughout the day,
Belington EMS, the West Virginia State Police and firefighters from Belington, Huttonsville, Mill Creek, Ellamore, Elkins, Junior, Beverly, Coalton and Fellowsville assisted at the scene. Firefighters from Leading Creek are currently covering for the Belington Fire Department in case another call comes in.
A nearby neighbor, who wished to remain unnamed, said she was coming out her driveway this morning and saw the fire. She said there were several explosions, but no one was hurt. She added that she thought the repair shop was a total loss.
Belington Fire Chief Phil Hart said crews were working to keep a propane truck in the building cool, so the vehicle would not explode.
"We have tankers from the regional fire companies bringing in water," Hart said. "Each tanker carries about 2,000 gallons of water, and they are constantly shuttling water here for us to draft into the aerial. We are hitting the propane truck from the aerial ladder to keep the propaned tank cooled. It will take approximately 4 to 5 hours for the propane to all burn out. People should avoid the Talbott Road area until that time."
See Saturday's print edition of The Inter-Mountain for a complete report.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart