By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
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Mercer County firefighters battled a structure fire at a Kegley area residence early Sunday morning. Although the residence was occupied, firefighters determined that there was no one in the residence at the time of the fire.
“The initial report that we received was that someone was in the residence,” Lt. Aaron Beeman of the East River Volunteer Fire Department said. “After a thorough search of the structure, we were able to determine that it was not occupied.” Beeman served as incident commander of the fire.
“We were paged out to the fire at about 12:30 a.m. (Sunday) morning,” Beeman said. “We responded with two units. The Matoaka Volunteer Fire Department, Bluestone Valley Volunteer Fire Department and the Princeton Rescue Squad also responded in support.”
Beeman said that the firefighters made an “active attack” on the fire. “When we arrived, it was a fully involved structure fire,” Beeman said. “We remained on the scene until about 6 a.m., before returning to the station.”
The structure is located on Howery Road, off Kegley School Road.
East River was called out Sunday afternoon shortly after 1 p.m. to extinguish a rekindled fire at the structure. Beeman said that firefighters remained on the scene for about 90 minutes to extinguish hot spots.
Beeman did not speculate as to the point of origin of the fire. “It is under investigation,” he said.
No firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. Beeman later confirmed that the female occupant of the residence was not at home at the time of the fire.
“She’s OK,” Beeman said.
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