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December 1, 2013

Fires destroy structures in Wiley Ford, Elk Garden

No one hurt in either blaze; officials not yet able to pinpoint causes

KEYSER, W.Va. — A three-bay garage in Wiley Ford and a hunting cabin in Elk Garden were destroyed by fires of unknown origins Saturday night.

No injuries were reported in either incident, according to the Mineral County 911 center.

It was 10:40 p.m., when the Mineral County emergency center received a 911 call from the Stewart residence reporting fire in the family’s three-bay garage structure that also included an attached garage.

Upon arrival at the scene on Motorcycle Lane off Detrick Road, Wiley Ford Volunteer Fire Department reported a “working” fire.

Wiley Ford Fire Chief Terry Ashenfelter estimated the loss at $250,000 to the structure and its contents. He said a boat, a four-wheeler, and various equipment items were among items that were destroyed by the blaze.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the fire department with the assistance of the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Approximately 50 volunteer firefighters from Wiley Ford, Ridgeley, Patterson Creek, Short Gap, and Fort Ashby responded along with Bowling Green, Ellerslie and District 16 volunteer fire departments in Allegany County. All units were cleared to return to their stations at 12:25 a.m.

Earlier in the evening, a 911 call to the Mineral County emergency center from a neighbor reported fire in a hunting cabin on Wabash Road off Hartmansville Road in Elk Garden.

First-arriving Elk Garden Volunteer Fire Department units reported the structure had collapsed and was on the ground with heavy fire continuing at that time.

Volunteers from Mount Storm, Kitzmiller, New Creek responded to the scene upon alert at 7:38 p.m., along with Elk District Ambulance. Bloomington volunteers were requested to stand by during the call.

Units cleared the scene about two hours after the alert.

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