UPDATE: Firefighters Determine Cause of Wood Co. House Fire

By: News Email
By: News Email

UPDATE: 4/15/2011 8:25 p.m.

Paul Jordan with the Wood County Fire Investigation Team said the fire started in an area on the back porch then spread through the rest of the house before the fire department arrived.

Jordan said the fire appears to have been electrical in nature.

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UPDATE: 4/14/2011 6:23 p.m.

An investigation is underway into what caused a Wood County house fire Thursday morning.

The residents of 73 Bonar Lane off of State Route 892 think the blaze may have been a result of a transformer that blew across the street but the electric company- Mon Power-and fire officials are still looking into it.

Sandy Bonar said she and her brother Mitch were home when they heard a loud bang Thursday morning right before their electricity went out.

They said there was smoke around an alarm clock and electric blanket. They apparently couldn't get to the fire extinguisher in the basement and their well water couldn't be pumped since the electric was out but they did get out of the home with minor burns.

One of the first responders was a neighbor who is also a volunteer firefighter.

"I ran out the front door cause my dad was taking me out to the station. As we were leaving the house I looked behind the house and the house (the Bonars) was fully involved," said Mark Johnson, a firefighter with the Washington Bottom Volunteer Fire Department.

The nearest fire hydrant was 1200 feet away across State Route 892 which caused the intersection to be closed for about two hours.

Members of the Washington Bottom, Lubeck, Blennerhassett, and Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Departments responded.

"The first attack was through the front door on the first floor and knocked it down pretty quick and then we had trouble getting up to the second floor. Ended up making an exterior attack with the deck gun through these double windows behind me," said Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Stewart.

After about an hour, the fire was under control but firefighters stayed on scene into the afternoon.

Now the home is a total loss.

The Bonars are staying with family members.
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UPDATE: 4/14/2011 3:32 p.m.

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire that destroyed a Wood County house Thursday morning.

Firefighters were clearing the scene OF 73 Bonar Lane around 12:30 p.m. when the bulk of the fire had already been put out. An investigator with the Wood County Fire Investigation Team said firefighters stayed there into the afternoon putting out hot spots.

State Route 892 at the intersection of Bonar Lane, which is across the street from Walnut Grove, was reopened close to 12:30 p.m.

We will have more information on WTAP News at 5 and 6.
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Firefighters are on the scene of a structure fire on the 700 block of Bonar Lane.

Crews are still fighting the blaze in the roof and the attic.

According to Blennerhasset Volunteer Assistant Chief, David Niermeyer, a brother and a sister live in the old farm house.

Everyone is out of the home.

When crews first arrived they were battling the fire on both the first and second floors.

Part of WV Route 892 is closed due to the water supply line.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available to us.
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Wood County 911 dispatchers say firefighters are on the scene of a structure fire in Washington,West Virginia.

We're told the structure is located on the 600 block of Walnut Grove.

No other details were available.

WTAP has a reporter on the scene and will have the latest information as it becomes available.


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