Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 29, 2014

Blaze destroys Mercer home

WOLFE — Click here for video from the fire

A fire of unknown origin destroyed a Mercer County home Wednesday.

 Three volunteer fire departments battled the blaze off Butcher Hollow Road in the Wolfe community. The structure was fully involved when firefighters from Bramwell, Bluewell and Montcalm arrived on scene. The Bluefield Rescue Squad also responded, but no injuries were reported.

The family living inside of the house was gone at the time of the fire, according to Bramwell Fire Chief Joe Belcher.

Belcher said the structure was a complete loss. He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

“There was nobody inside,” Belcher said. “It is still under investigation. The fire marshal will be contacted.”

Two dogs that were close to the burning structure outside were removed by firefighters.

William Palmer, who lived in the house with his wife and four children, said he and his wife were gone at the time of the fire. The couple’s children were in school.

Palmer said he learned the house was on fire through a telephone call.

“I had four missed phone calls,” Palmer said.

Donna Bennett, a next-door neighbor, said she was on her way to work when she received a phone call telling her that the house next door was on fire. She was concerned that the fire would threaten her home as well.

“It got real hot (in the back),” Bennett said of her home. “We asked them (the firefighters) if they would spray it down, but they never did.”

The house destroyed by fire was located near Laurel Creek Baptist Church, and was located adjacent to the old one-room Wolfe Post Office that is still standing in the community.

Wolfe is a small unincorporated community located midway between Nemours and Pocahontas, Va.

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