Ralph B. DavisHeartland News Service
August 18, 2012
Julia Roberts Goad
WILLIAMSON - The Williamson Fire Department was able to keep a house in East End from becoming a total loss in a Friday evening fire.
According the Williamson Fire Department Chief Jerry Mounts, passersby saw smoke coming from the home of Nick Newsome at 961 Sycamore Street. One of the people who had seen the smoke looked in the window, seeing the house appeared to be inhabited, broke a window to gain entry.
That action allowed air into the house, fueling the fire, Chief Mounts said.
When the WFD arrived, it had to be determined the best way to attach the fire, due to the location of the house, which is on a steep grade between several other homes. Chief Mounts said firefighters approached the fire from 4th Avenue as well as from Sycamore Street, and that the fire was brought under control in eight minutes.
This fire comes less than a month after a confirmed arson fire less than 150 feet away at a home located at 950 E 4th previously owned by Cornelius Strother Vines.
“Although this fire doesn’t appear to be suspicious it was reported to the W.Va. Fire Marshal’s office simply due to the fact that it is in close proximity to a confirmed arson fire,” Chief Mounts said.
Chief Mounts said he was sure the people who broke the window did not realize they were helping the fire to spread.
“It was just some people with good intentions doing something that started the fire.”
Twelve firefighters responded to the call, with two pumper trucks, a rescue truck and Medic 1 Ambulance. Mounts said people on the scene were eager to help the fire department fight the blaze.
“WFD very appreciative to the civilian spectators who provided assistance dragging the fire hose up the steep incline steps upon arrival,” Mounts said.