By Kyle Lovern
CHATTAROY – The Chattaroy Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) battled high winds and terrible water pressure when fighting an early morning house fire on Howard Hollow at Chattaroy Sunday morning.
The 911 call came in at 1:58 a.m., according to CVFD Chief Joe Rumore.
The home belonged to the Doug Howard, Sr. family and was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene.
No one was home at the time of the blaze so there were no injuries, according to Chief Rumore. He said the cause of the fire is still undetermined. The state Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the house fire.
The CVFD responded with eight firemen and three trucks, according to Rumore. They had two pumper trucks and one tanker truck. The Williamson Fire Department provided mutual aid with four firefighters, while the Delbarton Volunteer Fire Department brought its tanker truck to help with water supply and extra manpower.
Rumore said water pressure in that section of Chattaroy is not good in the hydrants, thus that made it even tougher on the firefighters.
The house and contents were a total loss. Wind gusts this past weekend reached 50 mph and that made it tougher for the firefighters. Rumore said they were on the scene more than four hours. The brick residence was still smoldering Monday morning.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)