Friday fire destroys Duckwall Road home

A Friday fire has leveled a one-story, single-family home in the 1200 block of Duckwall Road in eastern Morgan County. According to Morgan County 911 spokesperson Sarah Hogbin, the first emergency call for the blaze came in at 12:55 p.m. on Friday, February 28, with the caller reporting they saw flames and suspected a house fire. The structure fire was confirmed at 12:59 p.m. Fire units from four states responded to scene. Operations were complicated by high winds in the area.

Units responded to the fire from Berkeley Springs, Great Cacapon, South Morgan, Reynold’s Store, Gainesboro, Hancock, Back Creek, Hedgesville, Orleans and Needmore. Local stations were filled by fire units from Clear Spring, Breezewood and Paw Paw. Morgan County EMS was also on the scene. Capt. Justin Michael of Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company was incident commander. In addition to the structure, a surrounding field was involved in the blaze. The fire was reported out at 2:12 p.m. but fire units remain on the scene for cleanup operations.

No residents were home at the time of the fire, said 911 officials.

Berkeley Springs Firefighter Noah Sipe fights a house fire Feb. 28.
photo by Andy Stotler

A Duckwall Road home and field burned Feb. 28.
photo by Andy Stotler

A single-story home was a total loss on Friday.
photo by Andy Stotler