UPDATE: 3 displaced after home catches fire and collapses in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 11/30/18 8:00 P.M.

An investigation is underway into what sparked a fire that destroyed a house on Thursday night and displaced a family.

The Parkersburg Fire Department was notified at 11:30 p.m. about the fire on the 1600 block of Pearcy Avenue.

The fire caused one of the houses on that block to collapse and damaged two other houses.

Chief Matthews says the owner of the collapsed home, his wife, and his grandson were inside the house when the fire started. They escaped, were taken to the hospital, and were released.

It took crews about an hour to knock down the fire and get it under control.

Some neighbors described the scene.

"Standing in the driveway where I was, it was so hot on your face you had to back up it was unbelievable," said Sharon Hershberger.

"You can definitely see it from Mother Earth Foods (on 19th Street) like I was clear up there you can see the full red flames of a fire," said Stephenie Hanshaw.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.


UPDATE: 11/30/2018, 12:51 PM

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews says investigators are still determining the cause of a home fire near 16th Street that displaced 3 people and caused a home to collapse Thursday night.

Crews were removing the destroyed remains of the home Friday morning as fire officials investigate the cause of the fire.


ORIGINAL STORY: 11/29/2018, 10:57 PM

An elderly couple and their grandson were taken to the hospital to be treated for possible smoke inhalation after fire destroyed their home in Parkersburg Thursday night, authorities said.

There's no word on their conditions.

Firefighters were called to the two-story home at 1613 Pearcy Avenue about 11:30 p.m. The home was fully involved when they arrived.

Three nearby homes were also damaged, and power lines in an alley also caught fire.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the victims.

We'll have more information online and during our afternoon and evening newscasts as more information becomes available.



 
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