UPDATE: Parkersburg fire victim identified

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 4/24/19 2:35 P.M.

Authorities have identified a 29-year-old woman as the victim of a fire at a home on Plum Street in Parkersburg.

Miranda E. Echard died in the April 18 fire at 3617 Plum Street.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said the cause of the fire, which started in a bedroom, remains undetermined while investigators wait on test results from the West Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office.

Firefighters were called to the home shortly before noon on April 18 and had the blaze under control in a matter of minutes.

Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg is in charge of funeral arrangements. A service will be held April 30 at Spreading Truth Ministries, 1093 Core Road, Parkersburg


The Parkersburg Fire Department chief says a woman is killed in a house fire in Parkersburg.

Her body was sent to the medical examiner's office in Charleston for identification. It may take a few days to get her name.

The fire started in the bedroom. The cause is undetermined right now. The bedroom is heavily damaged, and there is smoke and heat damage throughout the single story house.

Update: 4/18/2019 5:20 P.M.

The West Virginia fire marshal's office will investigate to determine the cause of a fatal fire in north Parkersburg just before noon Thursday.

Fire Chief Jason Matthews says the department got the call after neighbors saw smoke and called 911 around 11:45 A.M.

The call said one person was inside the home. Firefighters responded in three minutes, but were unable to save the victim.

<"We did have heavy fire coming from the front of the structure. At that time, dispatch told us there could be someone inside the structure. We had to extinguish the fire in the room, where the bulk of the fire was. We did, unfortunately, find one victim.">

Matthews says it's believed the fire began in a front bedroom, and spread throughout the home.

Parkersburg fire and police investigators were at the scene throughout the afternoon.

There has been no identification of the victim.

UPDATE: 4/18/19 12:35 P.M.

One person died in a house fire in the north end of Parkersburg late Thursday morning, fire officials said.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews confirmed one person died after the house in the 3600 block of Plum Street caught fire shortly before noon on Thursday.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office has been notified.

We'll have a full report online and during WTAP News @ 5 and 6.


The Parkersburg Fire Department is currently at the scene of a house fire in the north end of Parkersburg.

Crews were called to the home in the 3600 block of Plum Street shortly before noon on Thursday.

A dispatch supervisor at the Wood County 911 center said firefighters reported that the fire was quickly brought under control.

There's no word yet on any possible injuries or how the fire started.

We have a reporter at the scene and will have a full report online and during WTAP News @ 5 and 6.