Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 27, 2013

Chainsaw sparks ignite mobile home fire

SPANISHBURG — Two volunteer fire departments were dispatched Thursday after sparks off a chainsaw used to demolish a mobile home set the structure on fire.

The Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department and the East River Volunteer Fire Department were alerted at approximately 2:50 p.m. after a fire was reported on Lancelot Lane off Beckley Road, said Fire Chief Tim Farley of the Bluestone fire department. The scene was approximately a mile from Interstate 77.

An unoccupied mobile home situated near a house was being cut with a chainsaw, Farley said.

“The guy was tearing the thing down,” Farley said at the scene. “The chainsaw sparked, and it got into some kind of paper and caught the mobile home on fire. It wasn’t anything he was going to salvage.”

Firefighters did not know that the structure was unoccupied until they arrived on the scene.

“The roof had collapsed down on it,” Farley said of the situation when firefighters arrived at Lancelot Lane. “We just made sure it didn’t spread to anything.”

The fire was contained at the mobile home site, and the neighboring house was not damaged, Farley said.

Firefighters left the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m.

“There wasn’t much left to it, anyway,” Farley said. “What’s left of it is on the ground now.”

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