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UPDATE: No injuries reported in Ravenswood apartment fire

Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 10:57 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2021 at 5:09 PM EST
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UPDATE: 3/5/21 5:10 P.M.

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (WTAP) - Several people were displaced after a fire destroyed an apartment building in Ravenswood.

Officials were called to the Washington Motel Apartments just before 10 a.m. Friday, for a structure fire resulting from an explosion.

When first responders arrived on scene, heavy flames and smoke could be seen coming from the building.

According to a spokesperson with the Ravenswood Fire Department, all occupants were out of the building when officials arrived and no one was transported to the hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the American Red Cross was called to assist the families.

The Ravenswood Volunteer Fire Department, Ripley Volunteer Fire Department, Silverton Fire & Rescue, Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson County EMS, Ravenswood Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene.

Linda Nichols, the daughter of the former owners of the motel said that watching the structure go up in flames was very emotional.

“Honestly, I was sobbing when I got there,” said Nichols. “It was just so sad to see it go up like that. It was just very emotional. It was just very emotional seeing everything my parents worked so hard for. Of course they had sold it, my mother had sold it 15 years ago after my father passed away. But, it was just a lot of memories, watching a lot of memories go up in smoke.”

ORIGINAL:

RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (WTAP) - A fire was reported Friday morning in Ravenswood.

It is an apartment fire taking place at the Washington Street Motel complex.

No information regarding the cause of the fire or injuries is available.

The Ravenswood Sheriff’s Department and Fire Department are on the scene.

WTAP will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.

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