BUCKHANNON — A fire at a Valley Green apartment Tuesday is under investigation.
The Buckhannon Fire Department, Warren District Volunteer Fire Department, Washington District Volunteer Fire Company, Ellamore Volunteer Fire Department and Adrian Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the fire, which destroyed a second floor bedroom, according to Lt. Joey Baxa with the Buckhannon Fire Department.
When firefighters arrived on scene at 10:15 a.m. there was a little bit of smoke coming from the apartment.
“It was pretty obvious which room it was in because of the heat and smoke damage to the windows,” Baxa said. “The fire was pretty well out, but there were some small flames. It wasn’t very big.”
The fire was looking for oxygen and could have grown larger except for some precautions that were taken.
“Someone had shut the front door before our arrival, which is a very good thing to do,” Baxa said. “It prevents the fire from getting oxygen.”
Six or seven firefighters on scene initially stretched a hose up to the second floor and assessed the damage.
“The fire destroyed the room and there was smoke damage throughout the second floor and some water damage on the first floor,” Baxa said.
Firefighters were on scene for just under two hours.
Trooper First Class V.J. Pyles with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded and Baxa said the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office will have someone on scene today.