Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 7, 2014

Bluewell home up in flames

BLUEWELL — Firefighters with the Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department returned Sunday afternoon to the scene of a structure fire on Sauls Road off of Duck Pond Road, where a residence had been severely damaged by an early morning fire.

“We got the initial call (Sunday) morning a little after midnight,” Chief Mike Gibson of the Bluewell Volunteer Fire Department said. “Bramwell Volunteer Fire Department also responded. “When we arrived, the rear of the structure was totally involved, so we concentrated our efforts on saving the front.”

Gibson said that firefighters were on the scene for 4 hours. “One of our guys suffered heat exhaustion, but paramedics with the Bluefield Rescue Squad treated him at the scene,” Gibson said. “He was OK.”

Gibson did not know the name of the resident, but Deputy J.D. Gills of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department said the resident was at the scene that evening, observing as the firefighters prevented the rekindled fire from spreading to a nearby garage that was unharmed in the earlier blaze at the structure. A neighbor said that the resident had been on vacation when he was contacted.

The rekindled fire call came in shortly after 5 p.m. Gills had been patrolling in the area and came up to the remote location to see if firefighters needed any assistance. Deputy H.L. Walters also came up to the scene.

Gibson did not speculate as to the origin of the initial fire, and said only: “That is for the State Fire Marshal to determine.” Bluewell firefighters remained on the scene to keep water on the fire to prevent it from spreading to the nearby woods or the garage.

Firefighters were still on the scene after 7 p.m. Sunday evening.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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