A sprinkler system in a Kanahwa County apartment is credited with preventing a horrible tragedy early this morning.
Firefighers from Kanawha and Putnam County responded to the blaze around 4:30 a.m. at the Unity Apartments in Cross Lanes.
The fire broke out in the bedroom of one unit, but the sprinkler quickly had the fire under control even before the fire department arrived. Nitro Fire Chief Casey Mathes said had it not been for the sprinkler, the early morning fire very likely would have claimed several lives.
Twenty-seven residents of the apartment building located on Big Tyler Road were evacuated. They were allowed to reurn home after about an hour.
Investigators said the fire is blamed on smoking in bed.
Firefighters in Morgantown responded to a kitchen fire Wednesday at the College Park Apartments.
The Morgantown Fire Department responded to 80 Newton Avenue at 5:10 p.m. and promptly extinguished the stovetop fire. Firefighters found a sprinkler-controlled fire in the living room and also extinguished and shut down the flow to the sprinkler system.
No injuries were reported.
Wheeling Police and Fire information officer Philip Stahl tells 7NEWS that a fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at Youth Services Systems’ McCrary Center on Wheeling Island.
The call came in around 3:45PM for the location at 111 North York Street.
We’re told that it was a one room fire, which triggered the sprinkler system, that did its job to contain the fire. The building was evacuated but people were likely to be allowed back in later in the day. There were no injuries.
Officials do not yet know the cause of the fire, but they will be investigating.
Stay with 7NEWS for updates.
The Charleston Fire Department is investigating the fire that started late Tuesday night at Rock City Cake Company. Fire Marshal Richard Symns said when they responded to the fire, it was contained to a storage room containing holiday decorations on the second floor of the building.
“We believe something that was around the ornaments was combustible. We haven’t found the heat source that caused those ornaments to catch on fire,” Symns said.
Firefighters say the sprinklers and alarm went off in the building soon after the fire happened. The owners of the bakery were inside, and the fire was put out quickly.
The source of the fire is what they are currently investigating, and said they do not believe the cause was electrical.
“There is not outlets around the stuff that was in there. There may be something battery-powered. We don’t know that is what we are trying to figure out,” Symns said.
The Woolworth building is where Rock City Cake Company is located.
Rock City Cake Company shared some information on social media about their status. The bakery said they will be closed for at least a week.
Firefighters said the damage to the building was minimal but there is water damage from the sprinklers going off. In order for the bakery to reopen, Rock City Cake Company must get the green light following an investigation and inspection.
In the meantime, the bakery owners have shared that they will be filling pre-orders out of a commercial kitchen nearby and they shared that they will continue to participate in upcoming holiday events.
The Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire Wednesday evening at Webster Springs Elementary School.
According to 911 officials, the call came in just before 7:45 p.m. for a structure fire at Webster Springs Elementary School. The Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene and was able to quickly put out the fire.
Officials said the staff was stocking supplies to start the summer school home economic class when the stove burner was turned on accidentally. Webster County Office of Emergency Management Director, Richard Rose, also said the fire was accidental.
“A stove top burner got turned on accidentally when staff was stocking supplies to start the summer school home economics class today. There were no staff in the building at the time a passerby noticed water running out of the building and smell of smoke. Sprinkler head activated and kept the fire from spreading. Upon arrival the remaining flames were quickly extinguished with a water can. We remained on scene to clear the building of smoke,” said Rose.
No injuries have been reported.
A small fire broke out in Boone Memorial Hospital early Tuesday morning.
A press release from Boone Memorial Hospital says the fire started in an unoccupied room on the first floor.
The fire was quickly contained by the Hospital’s fire safety sprinkler protection system.
There were no injuries or evacuations involved in the fire. The cause is under investigation by the West Virginia Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Madison, Danville, and Van Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene.
A small fire inside the 10th Street Huntington Police Department headquarters was extinguished before fire crews could arrive late Friday night.
The fire alarm went off around 11 p.m. at headquarters. A small fire had started on a desk of the second floor Investigations Bureau and was extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system.
Huntington Police Chief Ray Cornwell said the fire appears to be electrical, but it will be investigated by Huntington Fire Marshal Mat Winters.
The Huntington Fire Department responded to the scene.
There were no injuries. Repairs will need to be done to address water damage from the sprinklers.