Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 29, 2014

Fire destroys house, damages another

NARROWS,Va. — A late-night fire in an abandoned house spread quickly to a neighboring house, forcing its occupant to flee while three Giles County volunteer fire departments battled the blaze.

Fire Chief John Davis of the Narrows Volunteer Fire Department said his department was dispatched to Wolf Street in Narrows after the fire was detected. The Rich Creek and Pearisburg Volunteer Fire Departments were also dispatched along with Giles Lifesaving and Rescue Squad.

The first fire was reported at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday at the abandoned house on 905 Wolf Street and soon spread to 907 Wolf Street, which stood 15 to 20 feet away, Davis said Friday morning. This second house was occupied, but its resident, an adult male, had fled the house by the time firefighters arrived.

Davis said the abandoned house, a two-story frame home, was engulfed in flames when he came 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. The occupant attempted to enter the house again, but extreme heat drove him back.

“Approximately 60 fireman were on the scene,” Davis said. “There were two other houses across the street that sustained heat damage; the siding melted on them a bit.”

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

“We were on scene for five hours,” Davis said, adding the occupied home was severely damaged.

“We lost the roof. The fire was contained to the attic area, but there was heavy smoke and water damage to the rest of the structure,” he said.

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