Flames claim various structures at Paradise Cove residence


TAYLOR COUNTY—Flames claimed an outbuilding and damaged a home in Taylor County on Sunday evening.

According to Grafton Fire Chief Ryan Roberts, the Grafton Fire Department was alerted to a structure fire near the intersection of Paradise Cove Road and Knottsville Road shortly after 8:00 p.m.

Upon arrival, crews noted heavy smoke coming from a residence located at 3 Paradise Cove Road, in the Knottsville area of Taylor County. 

Firefighters from the Grafton, Flemington and Fellowsville Fire Departments quickly sprang into action, combatting the flames, forcing them back from spreading any further.

Roberts reported that after battling the blaze for nearly two-and-a-half hours, the fire was extinguished and crews returned back to station, but not before assessing the damage left in the wake of the inferno.

“The fire is believed to have begun in an outbuilding on the property, before spreading to a nearby garage and then into part of the home,” he revealed. “And while the guys worked to keep the flames to one end of the house, I believe the structure will be deemed a total loss.”

Because the home is a modular and sustained heavy smoke damage, it will more than likely have to be replaced, Roberts noted.

He further reported that work trucks parked nearby the home and garage also sustained heat and smoke damage.

Luckily, no one was injured in the fire.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, and the incident is currently under investigation by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Officers from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police were also on scene, while a crew from Boothsville Fire Department stood ready to respond to additional emergencies, as they covered the Grafton station.

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