2017-03-15 / Front Page

Winds fuel house fire


A Saturday house fire south of Berkeley Springs ended in the total loss of a home off Tabor Road. photo by Andy Stotler A Saturday house fire south of Berkeley Springs ended in the total loss of a home off Tabor Road. photo by Andy Stotler A Saturday afternoon house fire in southern Morgan County ended in more than $180,000 worth of damage, fire officials estimate, and was fanned by strong winds.

Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company Chief Jami Clark said a 911 call for a house fire in the 100 block of Apple Orchard Circle came in around 1:20 p.m. on March 11.

Firefighters used a supply line to a nearby pond and tankers to supply their operations as fire moved into the home’s attic.

Two homeowners were transported to War Memorial Hospital for observation after possible smoke inhalation, said fire officials.

Clark said the owners had just bought the home a few weeks ago.

Firefighters led an interior attack on the blaze, which was centered around a single room. Once the fire moved into the attic space, however, high winds stoked the blaze, said Clark.

“The wind was our biggest problem – it kept changing direction,” he said. “The crews did a good job. Everyone worked good together.”

The fire was under control in less than 45 minutes, said Clark. Fire crews stayed on the scene until 4:30 p.m. Assisting Berkeley Springs fire units were crews from South Morgan, Great Cacapon, Hancock, Little Orleans, Reynold’s Store and Gainesboro. The Morgan County Rescue Service and Washington County Air Unit also assisted.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the homeowners, said Clark.

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