WEST SIDE, W.Va. — A Kanawha County woman was taken to a Charleston hospital Tuesday afternoon following a fire near St. Albans.


Volunteer firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes on a breezy New Year’s Eve.

Authorities said the woman suffered smoke inhalation in the blaze that took place at a house on Hill Street in the West Side community.

Officials with the Kanawha County Office of Emergency Services said volunteer fire crews did a good job keeping the flames from spreading to nearby houses.

Departments from West Side, St. Albans, Jefferson, Tornado and Lakewood were on the scene.


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  • Polly the Pundit

    Brian, perhaps you should volunteer your time and join your local fire department since you want to complain about a slow response. You will get zero (0) pay, have to sacrifice hundreds of hours to get trained - also for free, and then you will get to read about your fellow citizens complaining about your slow response. The "fire department" doesn't respond - its members do. It was a holiday and they were probably with their families or working their paying jobs. The "45 minutes to an hour" is an exaggeration of about 30 to 45 minutes. But when one's mind is small their mental clock gets larger...

    Brian, I am sure that when you join and get trained, you will be at every call within minutes as to prevent such criticisms in the future. Do you have what it takes to volunteer Brian? Or are you just a braggart who likes to complain as a bystander without actually having to commit to anything? I am sure Dave Duncan and the West Side Volunteer Fire Department will gladly take your application.

  • Brian

    We were there, the fire dept. a few blocks away was one of the last responders .If the first ones on scene weren't all the way at Lakewood they maybe could have saved more. It was around 45 mins to a hour from call til arriving with help!!