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No injuries reported in Parkersburg fire

Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 2:44 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2021 at 11:38 AM EST
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UPDATE: 1/27/21

A fire early Tuesday morning in Parkersburg was the city’s first in a vacant structure in 2021, Fire Chief Jason Matthews said.

Firefighters were called to 802 Virginia Ave. just before 2 a.m. to fight the blaze that heavily damaged a cinder-block garage.

There were more than 30 fires in vacant buildings in Parkersburg in 2020, and Matthews said evidence found at the scene of Tuesday’s blaze suggested people had been sleeping inside the building, making the fire similar to many of last year’s fires.

He said there were mattresses on the floor of the building, windows were broken and the door had been removed. The building was also on the city’s code-enforcement list, he said.

There were no injuries, and Matthews said firefighters remained at the scene for a little more than an hour. Crews were called back to the scene about 5 a.m. to put out hot spots that reignited.

ORIGINAL STORY 1/26/21

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - No one was injured in an early morning fire that damaged a building in Parkersburg, authorities said.

The fire in a building at the intersection of Latrobe Street and Virginia Avenue broke out about 1:50 a.m. and, as of 2:30 a.m., firefighters remained at the scene.

No one was in the building, according to a dispatcher at the Wood County 911 Center.

Firefighters were called back to the area about 5 a.m. to put out a small fire that had reignited.

The Parkersburg fire and police departments and the Camden Clark Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

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