The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 8, 2012

House fire reported

— Six fire departments and nearly 60 firefighters from Raleigh and Fayette counties responded to a structure fire on Heartland Drive in Dry Hill Friday around 6:30 p.m.

Raleigh County Emergency Operations Center initially reported an explosion and structure fire.

When fire crews arrived, the residential structure was fully engulfed.

Carl Allen with Mabscott Fire Department said the house was a total loss. “We did everything we could,” Allen said. “Due to the extensive amount of damage, we may not be able to determine a cause for the fire.”

He said the family was home at the time of the fire, but there were no serious injuries. The homeowner did jump through the window to save the family’s pet dog, Allen said, and he sustained minor cuts.

The flames were mostly contained within an hour, but crews were still on scene three hours later to ensure the flames did not rekindle. Crews from Pax, Mount Hope, Bradley, Beaver, Trap Hill and Mabscott Fire Departments responded to the scene.

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