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Apartment building heavily damaged in Belington blaze

BELINGTON, W.Va. — A fire heavily damaged a two-story apartment building Wednesday morning in the 20 block of South Crim Avenue in Belington.

Belington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Phil Hart said they were dispatched at 6:15 a.m. and learned there was an entrapment.

When firefighters arrived, they found the structure involved and learned four people were inside. Two on the bottom floor and one from the second floor were able to get out safely under their own power, and firefighters had to make entry to offer aid to the fourth person on the second floor.

“An elderly gentleman was down on the floor, half way in the apartment and partially out the door,” Hart said. “Firefighters were able to safely and quickly move him to safety.”

Hart said no injuries were reported, and they received mutual aid from firefighters in Junior, Elkins, Philippi, and Coalton. The Belington Police Department and Barbour County EMS assisted with the response.

“The fire was contained in that building, and it sustained heavy damage,” Hart said. “Heat and water damaged the apartment, and most of the fire was contained in the apartment of origin on the bottom floor.”

Hart said they have requested help with the investigation from the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office.

“We were not able to determine the cause, and that was with the Belington Police Department and the Belington Police Department doing a preliminary investigation,” Hart said.

Hart praised the firefighters who responded and the preparation they conduct annually to remain ready for these types of events.

“We just had an excellent crew on the engine,” Hart said. “That’s a big plus for a small rural volunteer fire department in a rural area that has to rely on people coming from home.”

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