More Than A Building Lost

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

Firefighters from seven departments spent most of Thursday afternoon battling a fire at a Gihon road storage facility.

As long as 45 minutes after it was first reported...flames could be seen coming from building A of the Southside Self-Storage complex.

Smoke from the fire could be seen from South Parkersburg...and one person who lives near the storage complex told us he could smell it...before anyone saw the fire.

"I didn't pay any attention to it," said Robert McElfresh. "People burn wood around here every day. The next thing I knew, when we came out, the storage building was engulfed in fire."

Others who lived nearby had personal belongings in the building...and some lost close to everything they had.

"We had appliances in there," said Eva Wade. "They're gone now."

"The woman who works for the trailer court...everything she owned was in there," said Gloria Roach.

Ironically, this fire has happened just as the owner of the facility, who also owns the mobile home court next door, has been in discussions with Wood County about the future of the mobile home property.

Don Hohman, who lives in California, had a meeting scheduled with the Wood County Commission earlier this week about the properties, but was unable to attend.

"There originally were 50 units; we condemned 11 of those units," said Compliance Officer John Reed. "He (Hohman) has moved 16 of them off. There's probably around 30 that are presently occupied."

Firefighters were able to confine the damage to building A, and there were no injuries.

The fire is believed suspicious, according to the Lubeck Volunteer Fire Chief Mark Stewart, and the state fire marshal is investigating.

Other departments responding were Blennerhassett, Washington Bottom, Eastwood, Mineral Wells, Waverly and Pond Creek.

The Little Hocking Volunteer Fire Department in Ohio was placed on standby.

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  • by stephen Location: parkersburg on Mar 24, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    my dad did not do it. so stop saying that he did or if i find out who is i will do something a about it. he has better things to do..
  • by Anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    sounds like jojo knows who started it.... since its been called arson.... "i dont think he ment to start it"???? sound pretty fishy
  • by jojo Location: grandview trailor park on Nov 20, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    first off let me say good job firefighters i watched you do a wondreful job!!Next let me say noone was using that place as a meth lab.Alot of things were lost in that fire as with any fire.i believe this was an accident someone was walking by and flipped a cigarette in an open building i donot think he meant to start a fire.noone wanted this to happen not only do we gotta worry about cleaning the trailor park in 27 days now we got this huge mess to worry with so don't believe half of what you hear cause the people who live here are not trash we are good people who may not have hundred thousand dollar cars but we care about what we have the mess that is over here has been here for years and those of us who live here now are trying to clean it up and deal with years of mess and trash that has been left by many other people who have lived here in the past. please doont judge others if you donot wish for others to judge you
  • by patrick fluharty Location: parkersburg wv on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    all my christmas items were in there and my baby clothes. im only 15 yrs old it still hurts that alot of my family memories were bruned in this fire. some holiday season I'll have.
  • by wondering Location: SS on Nov 20, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    I'm wondering why the fireman that work for the Parkersburg Fire Dept were not called to help. I realize this property is out of the city but they are close and those are some very personal belongings in those buildings for some people. Just wondering.
  • by Roxanne Location: Washington on Nov 19, 2009 at 06:24 PM
    sounds to me like someone is wanting the trailer park and the storage buildings gone so they file with the courts on the trailer park and the only way to get rid of the storage buildings are by burning them out. Who is wanting what there is the question. Not that I dont think the trailer park needs cleaned up..that has been a long time coming there.
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