PARKERSBURG, W. Va. (WT AP) - UPDATE: 11/14/18 11:55 A.M.
Parkersburg firefighters were busy overnight, responding to four separate fires over a span of about three hours Wednesday morning.
There were no injuries in any of the fires, but Fire Chief Jason Matthews said seven people got out safety after a fire in the attic at their home at 613 Lulu St. about 2:30 a.m. The American Red Cross was called to assist the people living in the home.
The second fire in an apartment at 1314 Spring St. was called in about two hours later. It caused only minor damage and was caused by a candle, Matthews said.
Then, shortly after 5 a.m., firefighters were called to extinguish fires at two vacant buildings – one in a two-story garage apartment at 1705½ St. Mary's Ave. and one in a home at 901 19Th St.
Matthews said firefighters found evidence that homeless people had been staying inside both buildings. An investigation into the cause of both fires is underway, he said.
He said he is currently working with city code-enforcement officials to board up other unoccupied building across the city to prevent similar fires.
ORIGINAL STORY: 11/14/18
Parkersburg Fire had a busy Wednesday morning, responding to four separate structure fire calls.
Units responded to a fire at an abandoned home at 1703 St. Mary's Ave.
Officials on scene say flames and smoke were highly visible on the first floor when they arrived, as well as smoke billowing from the second floor.
Firefighters were able to quickly bring the blaze under control.
Authorities say it appears the fire was set by someone homeless who may have been living in the home, but investigators are trying to determine if the cause was intentional or accidental.
The home also caught fire earlier this year.
Firefighters also responded to a call around 2:32 a.m. at 613 Lulu Street of flames coming from the attic.
The Wood County 911 center says Parkersburg Fire was able extinguish the flames quickly. The dispatcher added that seven people safely made it outside before units arrived and the American Red Cross is assisting the family.
No injuries were reported and the cause is not known at this time.
Check back on WTAP.com for more info on these fires.