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Victims of Hinton fires left with little


HINTON (WVVA) - Dozens are residents are now displaced in the wake of Tuesday morning's devastating fires in Hinton -- fires police say were intentionally set.

Billy Joe Gill, 25, of Hinton was arrested shortly after the fires were set and charged with first-degree arson. Meanwhile, the victims look to rebuild.

All occupants of the two-story home and apartment complex that were destroyed in the pair of separate blazes were able to escape unharmed -- left with little more than the pajamas they went to bed in the night before.

Vala Trail was shaken awake by her son when the building she lived in became engulfed in flames. She lived apartment 8-11 with her son and husband -- who is wheelchair bound.

"He was hollering and screaming 'my dad, my dad,' and went in there after him," Trail recalled of her son as the fire quickly spread.

All three made it out with only their coats and Vala's purse.

Katherin Boggus and her family of seven all escaped the blaze. Boggus went back inside in an attempt to save the family pets.

"They were hiding underneath the bed, I had to pull them out and save them," she said.

A bird and dog were saved, but a cat did not make it out.

Fire crews worked around the clock Tuesday to completely extinguish the flames. For those whose homes have been reduced to ashes, the next step is picking up the pieces.

"What's the next step from here?" Boggus asked. "Moving on. I think that's the best remedy is getting past this."

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