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House Fire Downs Power Lines

By: Cyndi Murray Email
By: Cyndi Murray Email

UPDATE: 2/22/2012 6:24 a.m.

Shortly before 3 a.m.Wednesday, Parkersburg firefighters were alerted to a house fire at 3801 Cliffside Avenue.

The first firefighters on scene reported a heavily involved two story frame structure.

"During the early stages of our attack, the power lines burnt thru and fell onto a chainlink fence, which greatly impeded our suppression efforts," Chief Eric Taylor said. "Neighbors reported a few small explosions, which we believe may have been paint reducers stored in the basement."

The home is owned by Jeffrey Darren Deaton.

It is occupied by Deaton and a roomate.

The occupants were outside when PFD arrived and no injuries are reported.

One of the occupants reports he was doing laundry when they smelled smoke.

The fire appears to have originated in the downstairs, which was used as a storage and utility room.

It is also where the washer and dryer were located.

"After smelling smoke, the occupants looked downstairs and most of the fire appeared to be in the area of the dryer," Taylor said. "This is consistent with what we believe to be the area of origin."

Fire investigators arrived around 4:30 a.m. and will continue their work throughout the day.

The home did have a smoke decector upstairs, which occupants report did activate, however they don't believe there was one downstairs.
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A house goes up in flames downing power lines in South Parkersburg Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews pushing back onlookers as a downed power line sparked on a neighboring lawn where this home was burning.

reports came in of flames showing from the roof of a home on Ciffside Avenue in after 3 a.m.

Parkersburg firefighters battled the inferno

The home was fully engulf within minutes.

No word yet on what caused the fire, but Fire Chief Eric Taylor says it wasn't the power line.

It was the fire that snapped the cable loose making the conditions dangerous.

There we're people inside but they were able to make a speedy exit.

We'll keep you updated on WTAP.com


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