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UPDATE: Man killed in Raleigh County fire wanted by police for operating meth lab

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RALEIGH COUNTY (WVVA) -

UPDATE: State police confirm the man killed in a Raleigh County fire on Tuesday was wanted by the police. 

Daniel Simmons, 38, perished in a house fire on Rainbow Road in Cool Ridge around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Danita Simmons, Daniel's wife was arrested by State Police on Monday following the discovery of a clandestine meth lab at the residence. The complaint said Danita Simmons confessed to making meth at the residence with her husband once a week.    

State police said a search warrant was executed on the property after Danita Simmons' arrest and all materials used to make meth were removed from the property. Although Danita Simmons was taken to Southern Regional Jail on Monday, Daniel Simmons was still at large at the time of his death. 

As of Wednesday morning, the cause of the fire was still listed as undetermined by the State Fire Marshal's Office. 

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UPDATE: There are new details about a deadly fire in Raleigh County. Family members confirm, Daniel Simmons, 38, died in the fire. 

Although the cause of the fire remains under investigation, the Simmons family said an initial report from the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office points to an electrical fire. 

His brother, Greg Simmons, said he was asleep at his home on Rainbow Road when flames flickered across the window. "My girlfriend woke me up and hollered at me and I looked out the window and saw the blaze."

Simmons said he ran into his brother's house and tried desperately to break a window. "I went over and beat on the windows to wake him up, but it was too late." Daniel Simmons was gone, leaving behind three daughters and three sons.

"He loved them tremendously. I hope they realize that this was just an accident and to not grieve too much and to move on with their life and be successful," said Simmons. 

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Post by Paul Hess
One person is dead following an overnight fire in Raleigh County.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday inside a residence on Rainbow Road in Cool Ridge. A 38-year-old man died in the fire.

According to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, there were no smoke alarms in the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thirteen people have died in fires across West Virginia so far this year. Seven of those victims died in February.

  • On Feb. 12th an elderly woman was killed in what appears to be an accidental fire in Wetzel County. A man was also injured in this fire.
  • On Feb. 13th, a 68 year old woman and 29 year old man died in a house fire in Fayette County.
  • On Feb. 13th, a 42 year old man died in a vehicle fire in Wood County.
  • On Feb. 14th, a 44 year old man died in a home fire in Beckley in Raleigh County.
  • On Feb. 17th, a 97 year old woman died in an accidental cooking fire in Ritchie County. 

“We have to get ahead of the issues and concerns of such tragic events, said State Fire Marshal Ken Tyree. “We can do this by the creation and implementation of risk reduction within every community. Fire has such a devastating effect to families, communities, and to all involved including the first responders involved in these incidents.”

Tyree reminds residences to be vigilant in the winter months. Below are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed. All heaters should have an emergency shut off in case it’s knocked over.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

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