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Early Morning Blaze

Resident treated for smoke inhalation

The Inter-Mountain photos by Edgar Kelley Members of the Elkins Fire Department battle an early morning fire on Robert E. Lee Avenue Friday morning. Smoke inhalation from the fire sent the lone occupant of the home to Davis Medical Center for treatment, officials said.

ELKINS — One individual was transported to Davis Medical Center after an early morning house fire on Robert E. Lee Avenue Friday morning.

At approximately 10 a.m., local emergency crews responded to a call of a structure fire at a home just across the street from Elkins Middle School, where buses were arriving to drop students off after a three-hour winter weather delay.

The first engine from the Elkins Fire Department arrived at the scene within five minutes of the initial 911 call and it only took minutes for the EFD to get the fire under control, officials said.

“We are still investigating because the gentleman that lived there got some smoke and went to the hospital,” said Elkins Fire Department Chief Steve Himes. “All of the fire was on the first floor and we probably had it knocked down within 10 minutes or so of when we arrived. We will finish up the investigation with the Fire Marshal and have more information later.”

Himes said the individual who was taken to DMC was the only occupant of the home. Himes said the gentleman was going to be OK and that he would likely be leaving DMC sometime Friday afternoon.

Most of Robert E. Lee Avenue was blocked off during the blaze, which left several school buses having to find an alternative route to get the students to EMS and dropped off.

“There were a few cars that were dropping kids off that got blocked in during the fire,” said Himes. “Most of the kids that were walking to school did a good job staying across the street and away from danger.”

Himes estimated that the heat and smoke damage to the structure would be in the neighborhood of $45,000.

The Elkins Police Department, Randolph County Emergency Squad and Randolph County Sheriff’s Department were all on scene to help assist the Elkins Fire Department.

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