Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 3, 2013

Blaze destroys Matoaka home, sends one to hospital

SPANISHBURG — One person was transported Monday evening after fire destroyed a house at Little Rich Creek Road near Spanishburg.

Volunteer firefighters left the Princeton Christmas Parade to answer the alarm at approximately 6:22 p.m., according to Chief S.A. Sommers of the Matoaka Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters from the Bluestone Valley, East River, and Montcalm volunteer departments also responded to the call.

“We were lucky enough that when we got the call, we were at the intersection at Mercer (Street) where Route 19 goes into Princeton,” Sommers said later.

The two-story wooden home was engulfed in flames when fire units arrived on the scene.

“The homeowner was at home, and she suffered smoke inhalation,” Sommers said. “And she was transported to Princeton Community Hospital by the Princeton Rescue Squad.” Sommers did not know the woman’s condition Monday evening.

The house was a total loss, and there was no indication yet about what started the fire, Sommers said. He had not had an opportunity to speak with the homeowner, who was alone when the fire started.

The nearest fire hydrant is approximately two-and-a-half miles from the fire scene, Sommers said. Since the house was already “well involved” in flames when units arrived, the distance from the hydrant would have made little difference, he added.

“There are no water hydrants in this area of Mercer County,” Sommers said at the scene. “We have three engines, a ladder truck and two tankers here. We’re currently using a pump to get water from a pond on the homeowner’s property.”

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