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A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit in connection with an industrial fire in West Virginia.

Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Company was one of the many departments that responded to Hundred's call for help after flash floods hit the Wetzel County town July 29, 2017.
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A West Virginia fire department has reopened after shutting down earlier this year due to inadequate staffing and outdated equipment.

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The fire marshal in West Virginia says a fire that heavily damaged the Point Pleasant River Museum was likely accidental.

News outlets report the fire broke out Sunday in the Point Pleasant community. No injuries were reported.

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A West Virginia fire department has been temporarily shut down over outdated equipment and inadequate staffing.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports state Fire Marshal spokesman Tim Rock says the Northfork Volunteer Fire Department voluntarily closed earlier this month following an investigation. Rock says the department has 180 days to correct the violations.

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Three lawsuits seeking damages following the industrial warehouse fire that burned for a week in Parkersburg have been moved from state to federal court.

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West Virginia emergency officials say federal guidance following the warehouse fire that smoldered for more than a week in South Parkersburg shows spikes in the soot initially detected in the air.

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Multiple warehouse facilities belonging to a group of companies that owned the West Virginia warehouse that burned for more than a week have been inspected.

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West Virginia emergency officials say a warehouse fire that began last week is nearly out.

Lubeck Fire Chief Mark Stewart estimates that the fire in South Parkersburg is "90 percent" extinguished from ongoing efforts by firefighters.

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Two volunteer fire chiefs warned West Virginia officials nearly a decade ago about the potential for major fires at local warehouses, one of which has now been burning for days.

Washington Bottom Fire Chief K.C. Linder and Lubeck Fire Chief Mark Stewart wrote a letter dated July 22, 2008 to the State Fire Marshal after Lubeck firefighters had issues accessing a warehouse fire in Parkersburg, The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported.

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Updated on Monday, October 23 at 3:49 p.m.

The nearly 200-acre wildfire in a remote area of Grant County is now 90 percent contained. As of Friday, no smoke or heat has been visible within the fire area.

The North Fork Mountain Trail has also been reopened, and Area and Trail Closure signs have been removed.

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The city of Wheeling is going to spend $35,000 to demolish a row of houses on Wheeling Island that were damaged in a fire earlier this month.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that the City Council unanimously approved the expenditure this week to demolish the five homes.

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The cause of a fire that damaged five Wheeling homes has yet to be determined, as well as what the final fate of the buildings will be.

The Intelligencer reports the Wheeling Fire Department responded to the blaze shortly after midnight on Monday. No one was injured in the fire but two families were displaced and a dog was killed.

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Authorities are searching for the cause of a fire that tore through a row of houses on Wheeling Island.

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Updated on 10-06-2016 10:50 a.m.

The Closure Order for the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area was lifted on October 5, 2016 and all trails are now open. A Fire Ban in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is still in effect due to prolonged drought and will remain in place until weather conditions improve.  Gas powered backpacking/camping stoves are allowed in the wilderness area.  The current Fire Ban no longer includes the Red Creek Campground and Dolly Sods Picnic Area.

Updated on 09-29-16 5:55 p.m.

Two out of the five wildfires in the Dolly Sods Wilderness have been completely extinguished, and two more fires have been 100 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service team that is managing the Red Creek Fires. There is a fifth fire that firefighters haven't yet been able to contain. This fire was discovered Wednesday, September 29. An explosive safety specialist has been called in to inspect the area surrounding the fifth fire to make sure there are no unexploded ordinances nearby. During World War II, the Dolly Sods Wilderness area was used as a training ground for soldiers, and many artillery and mortar shells shot into the area for practice still exist.

The southwestern portions of Dolly Sods in Tucker County are closed until further notice. The rest of the wilderness area is still open for camping and hiking.


The fires are a 4-mile hike from the nearest road. Thirty Forest Service employees are managing the fires, with the assistance of horses that have packed in supplies.

 

Updated on 09-28-16 4:40 p.m.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, there are now five wildfires burning in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area.  All of the fires are small, less than an acre in size.  Three of the five wildfires are 80-100 percent contained.  It has been determined that three of the five wildfires were caused by unattended campfires.  The cause of the fourth and fifth fire is still under investigation.  Fire suppression efforts continue Wednesday and rain is forecasted for the next couple of days, which authorities say should help their efforts to fight the fires.

The Big Stonecoal Trail, Little Stonecoal Trail, Breathed Mountain Trail, Rocky Point Trail and Dunkenbarger Trail all remained closed in Dolly Sods. A fire ban is in place throughout most of the Dolly Sods area.

Updated on 09-26-16 9:30 p.m.

This past weekend was the peak time for tourists to visit Dolly Sods to see the leaves change for fall. But some of these visitors left behind smoldering campfires, and now four wildfires are burning in the area.

The first fire was discovered two weeks ago on September 16th. That fire is still burning, as well as three more that were discovered last Thursday, and this past weekend. Unattended campfires are believed to have caused three of the fires - and the cause of the fourth is still under investigation.

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Saturday marks one-year since a fire devastated four buildings in the commercial district of historic Harpers Ferry – two of those buildings were built before the Civil War. Eight shops and two apartments were lost, and by the time the fire was put out nearly eight hours after it began, it left behind almost $2 million in damages.

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Fire has destroyed an Eastern Panhandle volunteer fire department.

Media outlets report no one was injured in Tuesday's blaze at the Great Cacapon Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters from three states responded.

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Harpers Ferry is moving right-along in its rebuilding process since a fire devastated four historic buildings last July.

We last heard on the status of the Harpers Ferry rebuilding process back in December. Now, as we begin approaching summer and the one year mark since the fire, the town is getting closer and closer to being restored.

Beckley Ice Plant Catches Fire Monday

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An ice business north of Beckley went up in flames, requiring three crews to extinguish the blaze.

The Register-Herald reports Home City Ice caught fire around 9 a.m. Monday, and all employees were evacuated safely.

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More than 100 residents of a Huntington apartment complex have returned after being displaced by fires.

Dennis Johnson, owner of The Flats on 4th, near Marshall University, tells The Herald-Dispatch that one fire Sunday started on the first floor and was electrical, while a second fire that started on the second floor was caused by an object thrown in a trash can.

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  Fire officials have confirmed that smoke detectors inside a Huntington apartment complex didn't go off when the building caught fire, causing more than 100 residents to be displaced.

Firefighters found two separate fires when they arrived early Sunday morning to The Flats on 4th, near Marshall University.

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Officials say as many as 11 people have been displaced after a fire at an apartment complex in Charleston.

Local media outlets report the fire happened Wednesday night at the Vandalia Terrace Apartments. No injuries were reported.

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A Huntington church cancelled services following a fire that damaged the building.

Media outlets report that the fire broke out early Sunday morning at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church.

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It’s been four and a half months since a fire broke out in Harpers Ferry that devastated its historic commercial district and caused millions of dollars in damages. Residents and nearby fire departments swarmed the town’s streets in the early hours of the morning to do what they could to contain the fire. Nearly eight hours later, the fire was put out but left behind the wood and stone frames of four buildings, some which were built before the Civil War.

Since that day, the town of Harpers Ferry has moved quickly toward recovery and is getting close to rebuilding. West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been following this story since the fire; here's a look at how things are going now as 2015 comes to a close.

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Harpers Ferry’s commercial district is recovering faster than expected after a devastating fire caused millions of dollars in damages.

Demolition began about two weeks ago on the four buildings in Harpers Ferry’s commercial district. The buildings housed nine businesses. Debris is being moved by hand to protect what’s left of the historic structures.

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State officials are launching a Read-Aloud campaign to educate children about fire safety.

The campaign features fire-safety themed books provided to county school systems and firefighters across the state by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Firefighters will visit schools and read the books to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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At 3:18 a.m. on July 23, a fire started in the historic commercial district in downtown Harpers Ferry, devastating four buildings containing nine businesses.

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The Berkeley County Fire Service Board received a federal grant last week to help recruit and train more volunteer firefighters.

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U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito visited Harpers Ferry Thursday to look at the wreckage left by a fire last week.

It’s been one week since a massive fire devastated four historic buildings containing eight shops and two apartments in the commercial district of Harpers Ferry. Harpers Ferry Mayor, Gregory Vaughn said Monday the damage affected nearly half of commercial businesses in the town.

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A state fire official says a fire in Harpers Ferry's commercial area caused about $2 million in damage.

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Harpers Ferry Mayor Gregory Vaughn says an early morning fire has devastated the historic town's commercial area.

Vaughn says the fire destroyed seven to eight businesses housed in one building. An adjacent restaurant sustained substantial damage. No one was injured.

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