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Clintonville family loses home to fire


CLINTONVILLE, W. Va (WVVA)--A family's home is a total loss after a fire, said Clintonville fireman Mark Kelley.

The fire happened on Sinking Creek Road in Clintonville around 6 AM Tuesday.

Several crews responded to the blaze including the Clintonville, Lewisburg, Tri-County, Smoot, and Alderson fire departments and the Williamsburg Fire and Rescue Squad.

When they arrived, "the flames were already visible through the roof of the home," said Kelley.

Firefighters said the challenge with this fire was the cold temperature outside-- the water firemen were using to fight the blaze was frozen and conditions were icy on the scene. Because it was such a rural area, Kelley said they were attempting to use an outdoor water source but it was too cold. Instead, they brought in extra tankers of water to finish the job.

One medic was taken to the hospital after experiencing shortness of breath on the scene, but is said to be stable.

The home is a complete loss, but no one who lives there was injured and no firemen were injured on the scene.

The cause is still undetermined, said Kelley, although he suspects the fire may have begun in the chimney flue.

The incident is still under investigation.

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