The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 18, 2013

Crews called to battle house fire in Summers County

By Brandi Underwood
Register-Herald Reporter

— Emergency dispatchers received a call at 10:26 a.m. Tuesday from a resident of Esquire Cemetery Road in Hinton reporting a structure fire at a neighboring house.

Firefighters reporting to the scene found a fully involved structure fire, according to Gary Farmer, an engineer with Hinton Fire Department. Upon arrival, fire rescue workers established the home was occupied but currently no one was inside.

Two propane tanks in close proximity to the home pressured firefighters to control the blaze quickly in order to prevent ignition and a potential explosion.

“I saw fire coming out the wall right on to the tanks,” said Farmer.

Summers County and Jumping Branch-Nimitz volunteer fire departments also responded to the scene, as the crews were needed to bring water in tankers as no fire hydrants were located nearby.

Farmer said that the fire was called out at roughly 2 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but Farmer stated it was not believed to be suspicious.