UPDATE: Retired pastor, wife killed in Parkersburg house fire

Published: Aug. 26, 2019 at 2:11 AM EDT
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UPDATE:8/26/19 3:45 P.M.

Authorities have identified the couple killed in a house fire early Monday morning in south Parkersburg.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said Raymond Tanner, 84, and his wife, Beverly, 86, died after fire broke out at their home at 4109 8th Ave. just before 1 a.m.

Their son, Randy, who also lived at the home, was able to get out safely.

Neighbors said he tried to go back inside, but there was too much smoke. Neighbors said he had been staying at the home to care for his parents, who were in poor health.

Matthews said smoke alarms installed by the American Red Cross last May alerted him to the fire and likely saved his life.

Mr. Tanner was a retired pastor at the Camden Temple church in south Parkersburg.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control after about 15 minutes and the fire was out by about 2 a.m., Matthews said. Crews remained at the scene until about 7 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

UPDATE: 8/26/19

An elderly couple died early Monday morning in a house fire in south Parkersburg, authorities said.

Parkersburg firefighters were called to the home at 4109 8th Ave., about 1 a.m. They remained at the scene until about 7 a.m., according to a dispatch supervisor at the Wood County 911 center.

Fire chief Jason Matthews said the couple's son was able to get out of the house safely.

The victims, both believed to be in their 80s, have not been identified, and authorities have not said how the fire started.

We'll have updates online and during WTAP News @ Noon.


Crews responded to a structure fire in the 4100 block of 8th avenue early Monday morning.

Wood County 911 says they received the call just before 1:00 A.M.

Parkersburg fire and police responded to the scene.

There is no word yet on possible injuries.

Details at this time are limited, but you can keep up with the latest information on WTAP.com