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UPDATED: Residents left homeless following apartment fire in Sophia

SOPHIA (WVVA) -- At least eight families are displaced after a fire started in an upstairs apartment building in downtown Sophia Saturday evening.

Crews fought the blaze for about three hours.  Upon their arrival, they found a bed smoldering in the apartment where the fire started.  Arson is not suspected, but the cause is still under investigation.

A Sophia firefighter lived next door to the apartment that first caught fire.  He says it was unreal trying to save his own home.  "You want to go home but you can't," says Scott Thomas.  "I mean we see people lose their houses you know all the time, and it's just, you never think you're going to lose yours."

Sources say one firefighter was sent to the hospital from smoke inhalation, expected to recover soon. 

Owners are waiting for an insurance company to survey the damage.  They do not suspect the building to be rendered a loss. 


SOPHIA (WVVA) -- Crews responded to a fire at a downtown building in Sophia Saturday night.

According to Raleigh County 911, the fire broke out around 9:40 p.m. at apartments above Real Wood Furniture on West Main Street.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire.

Stay with WVVA as more details become available.

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