Cumberland Times-News

January 8, 2013

Log home in Romney ‘a total loss’ after fire

Destruction estimated at $350K

Jeffrey Alderton
Cumberland Times-News

— ROMNEY, W.Va. — Five Hampshire County volunteer fire departments responded to a structure fire in the 1700 block of Core Road shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to the county’s 911 center.

First responders to the scene reported none of the occupants of the log structure was at home when the fire occurred. The single-story dwelling was engulfed in flames when firefighters first arrived.

A 911 call from the property owner prompted alert of Romney, Springfield, Burlington, Augusta and Levels volunteer firefighters at 8:42 a.m., according to Jerry Loudin, director of the Hampshire County 911 center.

“The building was a total loss,” said Loudin nearly four hours after the alert and as the first engine began to leave the scene.

The fire operation involved 23 volunteer firefighters who were directed by Romney Fire Chief G.T. Parsons.

“It was a 40-by-60 log home and you are looking at a loss of about $350,000 in building and contents,” said Parsons. “It was difficult to access and there was no water supply, so we had to tanker-shuttle water to the scene.”

Names of the owner and occupants were not provided to the Times-News.

Parsons said the cause and origin of the fire are not yet known. It will be investigated by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Contact Jeffrey Alderton at jlalderton@times-news.com.