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NM Fire Chief Couch Reports On Suspicious Fires

By Staff | Jun 2, 2016

New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Couch released a statement on two fires that occurred Wednesday, June 1 in New Martinsville.

Couch stated that the fire department was summoned at 4:55 p.m., June 2 to 821 Fifth Street for the report of a porch on fire. Upon arrival the fire fighters found the fire to have been extinguished by the resident using a portable fire extinguisher.

Couch said there was moderate damage to the porch and east, outside wall, of the apartment under the porch.

The chief said the fire was suspicious in nature, and “the investigation was turned over to West Virginia State Police due to New Martinsville Police Department being occupied with other calls at the time of the fire.”

Chief Couch said the porch fire was responded to by two fire engines and eight personnel, as well as Wetzel County EMS.

At 11:41 p.m., June 1, fire fighters responded to the report of a possible mobile home fire at 807 Ironton Street. Chief Couch reported that as fire fighters arrived they found a fire on a stove top of an unoccupied mobile home at this location.

“The fire was quickly extinguished and fire damage was contained to the stove and wall behind the stove, with light smoke damage throughout the home,” Couch reported. He said fire fighters ventilated the home and turned the follow-up investigation of this suspicious fire to the New Martinsville Police Department.

This fire was responded to by three fire engines, a ladder truck with 16 personnel, as well as Wetzel County EMS.

Chief Couch said the two fires do not appear to be connected at this time; he said the fire department will continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the follow-up investigations.

Couch said an injury to a citizen was reported to be an indirect result of a fall in the discovery of the second fire. The injury was said to have been suffered in the individual’s effort to report the fire. That person was taken to Wetzel County Hospital by Wetzel County EMS for evaluation.