Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 5, 2012

Three fire departments dispatched to blaze in Princeton garage

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

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Three fire departments battled a blaze in a wooden detached garage on 7th Street in Princeton Tuesday that caused utility wires to snap as well as damage to two vehicles.

Captain Chad Bailey with the Princeton Fire Department said the original report of the incident was a brush fire on 7th Street between Straley and Highland Avenues in Princeton at 1:46 p.m. Bailey said crews confirmed the fire was in fact a structure fire when they arrived on scene.

“The front end of the building was fully involved, causing the power lines attached to the garage to snap and spark,” Bailey said. “The fire burned through the electric, cable, and telephone wires connected to the garage. The wires fell and were laid across the fence, so we called out Appalachian Power to take care of them.”

Bailey said the fire not only left the wooden garage a total loss but also damaged two vehicles, including a later model Jaguar sitting outside the garage.

“There was a vehicle in the garage that is a total loss,” Bailey said. “The fence and a car on the other side of the garage were scorched. The heat also caused the glass in a door across the street to buckle.”

Neighbors along with the owner of the garage gathered at the scene as fire crews continued to extinguish small flare-ups from the blaze. According to Bailey, no one was inside the structure when the fire occurred.

“The family are all accounted for,” Bailey said. “We are still investigating what caused this fire.”

In addition to the Princeton Fire Department the Green Valley-Glenwood and East River Volunteer Fire Departments were also dispatched to the scene of the fire. Crews from the Princeton Rescue Squad were called to the scene and officers with the Princeton Police Department closed down access to 7th Street between Mercer Street and Highland Avenue while firefighters put out the blaze.

Bailey said the fire was quickly put out once crews arrived on the scene.

“Once we got the water on it, it only took us about five or six minutes to get the fire out,” he said. “After that, we just had to put out hot spots to keep it from flaring up again.”Ž