Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 11, 2013

State fire marshal’s office investigating Bluefield apartment fire

BLUEFIELD — The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of an apartment fire that occurred on Hill Avenue in Bluefield Monday.

Captain Glen Sutphin with the Bluefield Fire Department said crews were dispatched to the scene of the fire at 5:56 a.m. at Tiffany Manor on Hill Avenue Monday. According to Sutphin, no one was injured during the incident and the fire caused “minor damage” to a single apartment.

Sutphin said the Bluefield Fire Department asked the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office to investigate the cause of the fire as part of “standard operating procedure.”

Assistant State Fire Marshall Scott Rodes will be leading the investigation into the cause of the fire.

“The West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office is called in to investigate these incidents under state code,” Rodes said. “State code requires us to investigate if the cause of the fire is incendiary or a set fire or if the cause of the fire is undetermined. In this case, the cause has yet to be determined and we will be investigating the scene to see what may be the cause.”

Rodes said it is too early to tell if the fire was intentionally set.

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