BUCKHANNON — Area firefighters were kept busy Saturday responding two different residential structural fires in a few-hour time span.
About 6:09 p.m., the Buckhannon Fire Department was paged out along with Washington District Volunteer Fire Company, Adrian Volunteer Fire Department and Ellamore Fire Department to Bailey Ridge Road for a fully-engulfed structure fire, according to career firefighter Linn Baxa. Company 4 from Elkins Fire Department covered the Buckhannon Fire Department while firefighters were on scene.
The fire ended up being at 145 Seminole Trail, off of Bailey Ridge Road. The homeowner was not home at the time the fire occurred.
The structure was already burned when the first firefighters arrived on scene.
Career firefighter Tanner Smith said the firefighters returned to station at 9:19 p.m.
After the Buckhannon firefighters returned to Station 1, there was not much down time.
Baxa said, “They literally just got cleaned up from the first one.”
This time, the Buckhannon Fire Department was paged out about 10 p.m. to a mobile home on fire on Upper Chiders Run Road. The address was unavailable on the report.
“A passerby from Route 33 stopped and called it in,” Baxa said.
When firefighters arrived there was smoke coming from the residence and a small fire in the kitchen. Adrian, Ellamore, Warren District and Company 4 from Elkins assisted on scene. Again, the home owner was not home but several pets were removed from the residence.
Smith said, “We were able to rescue two dogs and two cats, but one dog and three cats did not survive. We tried to resuscitate them, but it was not successful.”
The fire was believed to have started in the kitchen area, according to Baxa.
Both fires have been turned over to the State Fire Marshall’s office to investigate the cause, which has become standard procedure, according to Baxa.
Something that Baxa said many people don’t realize is that after a structure fire, there is typically two to three hours of cleanup.
“Most of the guys didn’t get home until 1 or 2 a.m. in the morning,” he said. “If they were at both fires, that was seven hours or more away from their families.