Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 23, 2014

Residence on Carolina Ave. deemed ‘total loss’ after fire

BLUEFIELD — The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office has been called to investigate a structure fire that destroyed a city residence and caused traffic that was leaving the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias to be detoured off of Cherry Street.

The fire was reported at 10:10 p.m., at 1121 Carolina Ave., according to Captain Stan McKenzie of the Bluefield Fire Department. “The fire was about 40 percent involved when we arrived on the scene,” McKenzie said. “All of the occupants were out of the structure, but the residence was a total loss.”

McKenzie said that one female was residing at the house. He did not speculate as to the cause of the fire, and said that the State Fire Marshal may be able to provide that information after his investigation.

Fireman Darrin Haynes was driving the second fire engine to arrive at the scene. He confirmed that the structure was about 40 percent involved when he arrived.

“I could hear the woman yelling at the back of the house that she wanted to go into the house but Captain (Jimmy) Perkins told the other firefighters there to get her out,” Haynes said. “We put water on it and kept it from spreading to the other two exposures (houses) on either side of the residence.”

Detective K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department had been in uniform Saturday night, working the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias Concert when he responded to the fire.

“I set up a roadblock at the top of Cherry Street and started turning everyone around who was leaving the concert,” Adams said. “I could tell that some of them thought it was a DUI checkpoint by the way they were driving really slow as they approached me. I was just turning them around.”

McKenzie said that about 10 vehicles ran over the fire department’s supply lines before police could get the traffic stopped. “If a supply line that is providing water to a fireman inside a structure fighting a fire is run over, it can take his life,” McKenzie said. “People should never drive over supply lines whet-her they’re charged or not.”

The Bluefield Fire Department did not clear the scene until 1:59 a.m., Sunday morning. Off-duty personnel with the department responded to assist firefighters at the scene of the fire.

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