Late night fire destroys Cardinal Street home


BUCKHANNON — A fire of unknown origin destroyed a local home in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The call for a structure fire at 10 Cardinal Street reportedly came in at 1:03 a.m. and Buckhannon Fire Department Captain Joey Baxa said firefighters were on scene quickly, although it was not known how long the fire had already been raging.

Homeowner Delaina Forry told The Record Delta her family was devastated to learn the home had perished in a fire, as they were in the process of moving to North Carolina and the house was still full of their belongings. She said the electric was still on so they could see while packing, but she confirmed nobody was home at the time of the fire. Forry said the fire is under investigation and they have no idea what caused it, but she clarified the property was not for sale.

Capt. Baxa said Buckhannon Fire Department was assisted by Ellamore VFD, Washington District VFD, Adrian VFD, and Warrant District VFD, as well as engines from Elkins Fire Department, Weston VFD and Jane Lew VFD that night, then the fire rekindled again at 5:30 a.m. and Banks District VFD among others came back out to assist.

Buckhannon Police Department and Upshur County EMS also responded to the scene.

“We were met with a lot of fire when we arrived and had to page several departments. A lot of people were out of town on vacation and there was a low firefighter response,” Baxa explained as he underscored the need for more volunteers in Upshur County. He added, “We are blessed to have neighboring fire departments like Weston and Elkins assist when we need it.”

The investigation has been turned over to the WV State Fire Marshal’s Office to determine the cause, but the house was presumed a total loss. Capt. Baxa stated, “Any time there’s a lot of damage in a fire, it takes a lot more digging to determine a cause. It will be a very in-depth investigation, as always, by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.”

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