UPDATE: Arson suspected in Wirt County fire

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NEWARK, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 09/20/17 1:45 P.M.

Authorities now say a fire that destroyed an unoccupied residence in Wirt County Tuesday evening might have been arson.

Elizabeth Fire Chief Steven Settle says the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office had been called in to investigate the blaze.

The fire at 134 Hemlock Street in the Little Kanawha Estates subdivision in Newark was called in about 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Settle says the unoccupied structure was fully involved before firefighters arrived. Crews remained on the scene cleaning up for more than four hours.

He says arson is suspected because no one lived there and because no utilities were turned on.

Anyone with information is asked to call the fire marshal's office at 800-233 FIRE.

The Elizabeth and Eastwood fire departments responded, along with the Wirt County Rescue Squad and the West Virginia State Police.


Dispatchers say there is a fully-involved structure fire in Elizabeth, W.Va.

They say it's on Hemlock Street. It started around 9 p.m.

Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department and East Wood Volunteer Fire Department are on scene.

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