An early morning fire at 40 Ross Street, New Martinsville, damaged a home belonging to Rick and Margaret Brookover.
Firefighters were alerted to the call Saturday at 6:42 a.m. and when they arrived to the scene they found the garage of the home fully involved in fire with smoke coming from the remainder of the home.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the garage area and a family room directly off of the garage, with heavy smoke damage throughout the remainder of the home. A car in the garage and a pick-up truck in the driveway were both destroyed in the fire as well as the garage being gutted with heavy fire damage to the family room.
There was minor damage to a neighboring structure as well.
Initial damage estimates to the home were set at $75,000 with damage to the car at $ 4,000 and to the truck at $20,000. Initial damage estimates to the neighboring structure were set at less than $5,000.
According to New Martinsville Fire Chief Larry Couch, the fire, initially, appears to have begun along the west wall of the garage and appears to have been an accidental blaze. "We were able to immediately contact a company to come in and begin the process of closing the structure and provide temporary heat into the home to help protect the Brookover's belongings in the living portion of the home so that the full recovery process can begin early in the coming week," said Couch.
Firefighters remained on the scene until 10:14 a.m. and were assisted by Paden City Fire Fighters, Tyler County EMS, Wetzel County EMS, Mountaineer Gas, Monongalia Power, and the New Martinsville Water Department. There were no injuries in the fire.