Dramatic fire destroys Parkersburg home, early Sunday

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Fire officials were on scene for hours early Sunday morning, after a fire ripped through a Parkersburg home. The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a fire at a home on 17th Street in Parkersburg just after 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

No one was home when the fire broke out. Parkersburg fire department captain, Mark Kunselman says one firefighter burned his hand and shoulder while inside the house. A neighbor says she called 911 after her dog would not stop barking.

Allison Buskirk was in the shower when her dog got really upset. She says, "I've never heard him bark like that. Ever. So I jump out, because [my boyfriend] was dead asleep, and I look out the window and it was just engulfed in flames and smoke.” Buskirk says the fire was getting close to her home, “Rebel (her dog) saved the day. If it weren't for him, it could have touched our porch I think. I was really proud of him."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Units were on scene until close to 8 a.m. Sunday morning.

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