Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 28, 2014

Fire destroys one structure, damages another, in Giles County

NARROWS,Va. — A fire in an abandoned house spread to another late Thursday evening, forcing its occupant to flee while three fire departments battled the blaze.

The fire at Wolf Street was reported at approximately 10 p.m., said Fire Chief John Davis of the Narrows Volunteer Fire Department. Units of the Rich Creek and Pearisburg Volunteer Fire Departments were also dispatched along with Giles Lifesaving and Rescue Squad.

The first fire started at the abandoned house 905 Wolf Street and spread to 907 Wolf Street, which stood 15 to 20 feet away, Davis said. This second house was occupied, but its resident, an adult male, had fled the house by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

Davis said the abandoned house, a two-story frame home, was engulfed in flames when he arrived on the scene. Fire had spread already to the second home’s attic. Intense heat melted the siding on two homes across the street from the blaze.

No injuries were reported. A Virginia State Police arson investigator was on the scene this morning. The fire’s cause had not been determined, Davis said.

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