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Moundsville Fatal Fire Still Under Investigation As Two Firefighters Recover From Entrapment

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One person has died in an early morning house fire in Moundsville.

And two firefighters were taken to the hospital after they were trapped beneath a fallen porch roof while fighting the blaze.

The call came in at 7:14 a.m.

Firefighters discovered a house fully engulfed in flames at 13 N. Highland Ave., with one person inside dead.

"Yes, there was a fatality here at the residence," said Chief Noel Clarke of the Moundsville Fire Department. "We're not releasing the name, the identity, until we can notify the next-of-kin."

Kim Blake of Walnut Street says her husband had just left for work when she heard sirens.

"And then I walked out and I saw all these flames," said Blake. "They were bright flames coming up and then I saw all the firefighters coming in. And they were rushing to get into the house, but it seemed they just couldn't get the man. It was so sad. All the neighbors were out but no one could do anything."

Two firefighters became trapped in the process of fighting the blaze, not inside the house, but on the porch.

"They went to make entry into the residence and we had a roof collapse on two of the firefighters," said Chief Clarke. "They were transported to local hospitals. They are stable and going to be fine."

Firefighters from Moundsville City and Volunteer departments, along with Glen Dale, Washington Lands, McMechen and Limestone fought the blaze.

Chief Clarke says they know the room of origin but they don't know the cause.

"The State Fire Marshal has been notified and will be here shortly to look at the fire with us," says Clarke. "But until we get a little bit further in the investigation, we're not going to release those details yet."

The chief says in the wake of this tragedy, he has advice for every household.

"What we need to do is just watch out for each other," Clarke said. "We have to make sure we stay fire safe in our homes. And when we find out the exact cause of this one, then we can learn from it and help others so this doesn't happen again."


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