HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A massive fire in downtown Huntington Sunday has left investigators with a lot of questions.

Flames were shooting from the roof of the Morris Building on the corner of 4th Ave. and 9th Street when fire crews arrived on the scene at shortly after 9 a.m. Residents and workers in seven story building, which housed two restaurants and multiple apartments, were quickly evacuated.

It took more than four hours to get the fire under control. Huntington firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to nearby buildings despite strong winds. Crews battled the blaze from the roof and the street.

There was only one injury, a firefighter hurt a knee.

An initial report said the fire may have started in an old elevator shaft near the roof but a full-fledged investigation is expected Monday.

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  • any major dude

    If you're talking about the entomological type of cockroach, they probably turned into a crispy, crunchy treat! Or moved on to better rent-free housing., with a little held from HUD.

  • Bob

    This could have gotten out of control quickly, Great Job by the Huntington FD for keeping the fire from spreading !

  • Dumb Liberals

    Urban Renewal! One of the few ways to accomplish a positive outcome. Only issue - What happens to the cockroaches?