Crews respond to early morning fire


GRAFTON—An early morning fire claimed two structures on Thursday.

According to Grafton Fire Chief Wayne Beall, the call came in at just after 3:00 a.m., that one home on Francis Street was engulfed in flames and the fire was quickly spreading.

The Grafton Fire Department responded to the scene to battle the blaze, which eventually spread to a neighboring house.

Crews from Flemington, Fellowsville and Philippi Volunteer Fire Departments responded to assist with the efforts.

After approximately four hours of work, the flames were extinguished, but Beall reported that both homes were considered total losses.

“Both residences were vacant and abandoned, with no working utilities, so we have called the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office to complete an investigation,” Beall revealed.

Members from the Taylor County Emergency Medical Squad and the Flemington Area Emergency Medical Squad were on scene to assist if needed.

Officers from the Grafton Fire Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Department were also on scene.

“Everyone worked well together to get the fire under control,” Beall commented. “As always, we appreciate the other agencies that respond to help us when needed.”

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