Arson investigation into Youngblood Road fire ongoing

A mobile home fire that occurred in the Great Cacapon area on opening day of buck season is under investigation as arson.

Morgan County 911 Center Deputy Director Marshall Younker said that the fire call was dispatched at 1:16 p.m. on Monday, November 21 to the 2000 block of Youngblood Road.  A neighbor called it in as a mobile home fire.

The first units on the scene found a camper on fire along with a one-acre wooded area that was also on fire.  Younker said there were multiple campers there at the location.

Units that responded to the fire included Paw Paw, Hancock, Berkeley Springs, Slanesville, Orleans and Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire Companies along with Morgan County Emergency Medical Services.  Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Knotts also responded to the fire scene.

Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Company Fire Chief Steve Moreland was in command of the fire scene.

Younker said that command thought that the fire was an arson and that Deputy Knotts concurred.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and is conducting an arson investigation regarding the fire.

Assistant State Fire Marshall Rick Sovastion told The Morgan Messenger that the cause of the fire is listed as undetermined right now.

If anyone has any information about the fire, they can contact the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s arson hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE or 1-800-233-3473.