The Wyoming County 911 Center received calls shortly after 3 p.m. that possibly Shirley Restau-rant, a business on U.S. 52 in Hanover, was on fire. When emergency responders arrived on scene, however, they saw it was the house across the road from the restaurant that was in flames, reported Upper Laurel EMT Craig Long.
The residence was being rented by Dougie Hatfield of Hanover, but no one was home at the time of the fire, Long said.
Firefighters responded from Hanover, Coal Mountain and Brenton fire departments to battle the single story house fire, as early concern for firefighters was the possibility of the fire spreading to the adjacent homes on either side of the Hatfield residence. However, firefighters were able to successfully keep the fire contained to the single residence, Long said.
The fire shut U.S.5 through Hanover down to one lane for nearly three hours as firefighters battled the blaze, shuttled water to the scene with tanker trucks and then reloaded their equipment after the fire had been extinguished.
Upper Laurel Ambulance from Baileysville was on stand-by at the scene of the fire and luckily had no injuries to report, Long said. Upper Laurel did go to a local convenience store to bring drinking water back to the scene to help keep firefighters hydrated, many whom fought the fire and then helped with the clean-up for nearly the entire three hours.
The cause of the fire is unkown and still under investigation.
Wyoming County Sher-iff's Department also responded to the incident.