UPDATE 1/2/18: The identity of a teenager killed in Sunday’s house fire has been released.
Hunter Paynter, 13, was killed in the blaze. Five others were reportedly transported to an area hospital for smoke inhalation treatment.
Paynter was a student at Huff Consolidated Middle School.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two weekend fires in West Virginia left victims dead according to the state Fire Marshal’s office.
A male teenager died in a house fire early Sunday in Wyoming County.
Wyoming County dispatchers said the blaze happened at a home along Route 52 in the area of North Springs. It was first called in shortly after midnight Sunday.
Coal River and Hanover Volunteer Fire Departments responded. It is still unclear what started the fire.
In Berkeley County a weekend fire at a mobile home in the community of Hedgesville left two dead.
That fire broke out in the 600 block of Sawmill Road about 7 p.m. Saturday. According to fire fighters two people at the home were dead, their ages 69 and 70. The names of the victims were not immediately released.
Authorities believe a heater placed under the mobile home to help thaw frozen pipes was a likely contributor to the fatal fire. Fire fighters were able to rescue a cat, but several other animals also perished in the fire.