By Beth Christian Broschart
An early morning blaze destroyed Sisolack's Truck Repair on Talbott Road in Barbour County Friday. The fire started shortly before 8 a.m., and fire crews remained on the scene throughout the day.
Several area fire departments responded to a fire at Sisolack’s Truck Repair along Talbott Road Friday. A propane truck in the garage kept firefighters busy throughout Friday attempting to keep the tank cool.
Belington Fire Chief Phil Hart said crews were working with water hoses to keep a propane truck in the building cool. The propane escaping from the truck was burning, but firefighters did not want to extinguish the blaze for safety reasons. Once all the propane leaked out the fire would extinguish itself, officials said.
"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 propane 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."
As of Friday evening, firefighters were still working at the scene.
The Belington EMS, the West Virginia State Police and firefighters from Belington, Huttonsville Mill Creek, Ellamore, Elkins, Junior, Beverly, Coalton and Fellowsville responded to the scene. Firefighters from Leading Creek covered the Belington Fire Department during the event.
A nearby neighbor, who wished to remain unnamed, said she was coming out of her drive Friday morning and was startled by the blaze. She said there were several explosions at the site, but no one was hurt.
Barbour County Schools transportation representative Marjorie George said a change was made in the bus schedule because a small section of Talbott Road was closed.
"We called all parents of affected students," George said. "Parents (met) the bus at Deer Brook Lane."