UPDATE: Fire sends one person to the hospital

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PARKERSBURG W.Va (WTAP)- 01/24/20 12:30 P.M.


Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews says there was no one inside the home when firefighters arrived on scene, though they had initially been told there could be.

Later, one person was transported to the hospital, and there is no word on their condition.

Firefighters were met with heavy flames and debris inside the home. Large flames also covered most of the back of the house at one point as well.

"We've had many different collapses with the structure. Roof caved in, part of the second floor has caved in to the first floor," said Matthews.

It took about an hour for the department to get the blaze under control.

"It was an hour by the time we considered it under control, but it was different. By the time it got in the walls and got to the second floor and the third floor and you know, it just took a while to finally extinguish everything," said Matthews.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

01/24/20 10:00 A.M.

UPDATE: The Wood County 911 Center says that one person was transported to the hospital as a result of the fire.

They also say that 7th Street was reopened to traffic just before 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning and that crews were still on scene as of that time.

A portion of 7th St. was closed for nearly two and a half hours while firefighters extinguished the fire.

01/24/20 8:00 A.M.

First responders are fighting a structure fire in the 1800 block of 7th street.

The Wood County 911 Center are calling it a rather "involved fire".

Authorities have shut down a portion of 7th St. for firefighting efforts.

We have not yet received an official word on potential injuries.

The fire was reported around 7:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Parkersburg Fire is working to control the fire. Parkersburg Police are helping to control traffic, and EMS with St. Joseph's Ambulance Service and Camden Clark Medical Center also on scene.

Additional information is limited, but we have a reporter on scene and will update the latest information as it becomes available.

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