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Fire Destroys New Martinsville Landmark

By Staff | Apr 2, 2021

What is believed to have been one of, if not the oldest home in New Martinsville, was destroyed by fire on Monday, March 21.

Around 1:30 p.m., the local volunteer fire departments responded to calls of a structural fire on the South end of Maple Avenue. When they arrived on the scene the home was totally engulfed with flames and dense smoke could be seen throughout the downtown area of the community.

Firefighters were unable to save the home or it’s contents. The family living in the residence was not injured in the fire, but it is believed the family pets perished.

Although the home was a complete loss, local firemen battled the blaze, and were able to keep it from burning adjacent structures. One home directly to the South of the fire suffered minor damage, including broken windows, water and smoke damage, and possibly other heat related damage. Firefighters stayed on the scene until the fire was completely extinguished and they were sure there were no hot spots. Immediately following the fire the site was being cleaned.

A relief fund has been established for the family. Contributions can be made to the following: PP: jessicabreanne06@gmail.com or Venmo: @jessica-owens-91 Donations can be dropped off to: Amber Straight, 501 Abby View Drive, New Martinsville (please leave on porch).