UPDATE: Authorities identify man killed in Boaz house fire

Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 6:24 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2020 at 6:16 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - UPDATE: 7/16/20 3:20 P.M.

Fire investigators have released the identity of a man who died in a fire that destroyed a home in Boaz on July 10.

Wayne Cunningham, 56, died in the blaze at his home at 1897 Williams Highway, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

Two other people, Christina Longston, 44, and Stephen Anderson, 62, suffered minor injuries and were treated at WVU Medicine Camden Clark, the fire marshal’s office said.

The case of the fire hasn’t been determined.

Deputy State Fire Marshal J.D. Baltic is leading the investigators, with assistance from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the Wood County Fire Investigation Team and the West Virginia State Police.

UPDATE: 7/10/20 1:30 P.M.

A man is dead following an overnight house fire in Boaz that also sent two other people to the hospital, the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office said Friday afternoon.

First responders arrived at the scene of the fire on the 1800 block of Williams Highway just after 3 a.m. Friday and found a man identified as the homeowner dead inside, the fire marshal’s office said.

A man and a woman were taken to the hospital and later released.

No other information on the victims has been released.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said the fire, which destroyed the home, remains under investigation.

“Right now, we’re still in the process of investigating it,” he said.”We have some interviews to take care of, and we’ve got to wait on the autopsy for part of this investigation.”

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the fire marshal’s hotline at 800-233-3473.

Firefighters from Williamstown, Vienna and Waverly responded to the blaze, along with officers from the Wood County Sheriff’s Office and the Vienna and Williamstown police departments, and units from St. Joseph’s and Camden Clark ambulance services.

Officials responded to a house fire early Friday morning along the 1800 block of Williams Highway in Williamstown.

According to Wood County Dispatch, two people were transported from the scene to the hospital, although their conditions are currently unknown.

The call for the fire came in at 3:07 a.m. (and as of 5:51 a.m., officials were still on the scene.) It also brought several agencies out to the house:

Williamstown Fire, Vienna Volunteer Fire, Waverly Fire, Camden Clark Ambulance, St. Joe’s Ambulance, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Vienna P.D., and Williamstown P.D. all responded.

Wood County Dispatch also said that the state Fire Marshal and the Red Cross were notified of the situation.

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