2017-12-20 / Front Page

Fire crews fight two house fires in Potomac/Cherry Run area

by Kate Evans

A December 13 house fire caused minor injuries to a resident and destroyed the home. photo courtesy of Hancock Fire Chief Robert Hoopengardner A December 13 house fire caused minor injuries to a resident and destroyed the home. photo courtesy of Hancock Fire Chief Robert Hoopengardner Area firefighters fought two back-to-back house fires in northeastern Morgan County last Wednesday evening, December 13, with one fire destroying a family’s home and causing minor injuries to a child.

Morgan County’s Assistant 911 director Sarah Hogbin said the first fire call came in at 5:52 p.m. for a fully-involved house fire in the 300 block of Foggy Bottom Lane. The home is in the Sleepy Creek Overlook Subdivision near Burnt Mill Road east of Berkeley Springs. Officials received two fire calls -- one from a resident of the home and the other from a neighbor.

Medics from Morgan County EMS were first on the scene at 6:12 p.m., and found the home’s occupants outside. One patient was transported to Berkeley Medical Center for minor burns, Hogbin said. There were no injuries to firefighters.

The first fire units that arrived on the scene found the home 75% involved, said Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company Assistant Chief D.J. Zahnow. Captain Chris Sipe was in command of the scene. Sipe said the blaze was knocked down shortly after 7 p.m. Firefighters continued to operate on the scene until 9:40 p.m.

The home is a total loss and the cause of the fire is unknown. The patient with minor burns was a child, but Zahnow was unsure of the child’s age.

Units from Berkeley Springs, Great Cacapon, South Morgan, Hancock, Orleans, Hedgesville, Needmore and Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Companies and Morgan County EMS responded to the Foggy Bottom Lane fire, Hogbin said. Other units that assisted in response included firefighters from Bedington, Back Creek and Williamsport.

Cherry Run Road house fire

Hogbin said that another call for a residential structure fire came in at 7 p.m. The fire, in the 5000 block of Cherry Run Road in Hedgesville, was called in by the homeowner.

Some units that were en route responding to the Foggy Bottom Lane house fire were diverted to the Cherry Run Road house fire, Hogbin said.

The first units that arrived on scene at 7:17 p.m. saw nothing evident outside. When fire crews went inside, they found a small fire in the living room. The heavy smoke crew from Clear Spring was sent into the house. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, Hogbin said. The last unit cleared the scene at 8:12 p.m. There were no injuries.

Units that responded to the Cherry Run Road fire were Orleans, Clear Spring, Williamsport, Halfway, Baker Heights, Back Creek, Bedington and Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire Companies, Morgan County EMS and the West Virginia Air National Guard fire unit.

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