Updated: Fire Sends Two People to Hospital

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

Updated: 6:11 p.m.

Two people were taken to hospitals after a morning apartment building fire in parkersburg.

Parkersburg firefighters arrived on scene Wednesday a little after 10 a.m. to battle the blaze at this apartment house at 19th and Oak streets.

Officials say tenant, Carol Snider, was taken by helicopter to Cabell-Huntington Hospital where she was in fair condition Wednesday.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said she was being treated for burns.

Parkersburg Fire Captain Tim Flinn said Nancy McConnell who was also living in the building was taken to a local hospital where she has reportedly been released.

Fire Chief Eric Chichester said "it was an extremely hot fire due to the tin roof with the slate underneath of it. It just builds up an incredible amount of heat inside and that's tough on the firemen too and makes it difficult to get deep into the fire but they were able to do it."

Chief Chichester said there's extensive damage to the building which houses three apartments.

Captain Tim Flinn said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the blaze did start on the second floor.

After a couple of hours, Captain Flinn said the 1700 block of Oak Street reopened Wednesday afternoon.

Updated: 11:55am

Firefighters have a house fire on the 1700 block of Oak Street near the intersection of 19th and Oak Streets under control. The building apparently housed three apartments.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Eric Chichester said one person was taken by an ambulance to an area hospital and one other person was taken to an area hospital by personal vehicle.

Names and conditions are not known at this time.

There is still no word on what started the blaze.

The 1700 block of Oak Street remains closed while the Parkersburg fire department continue to work at the scene.

Chief Chichester said the call came in about the fire at 10:05 a.m.

Chief Chichester said members of the fire and police departments are investigating the fire, which is standard procedure.

WTAP will have more details as it becomes available.


The Parkersburg Fire Department is responding to a structure fire near 19th and Oak street.

WTAP has a crew headed to the scene and will have more as it becomes available.

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