Emergency responders answer multiple calls Thursday night into Friday morning

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

January 31, 2014

Logan County emergency responders were on the move Thursday night into Friday morning, answering calls to fires, vehicle accidents and a rockslide.

The City of Logan Fire Department responded to a fire at a commercial building a little before 4 a.m. Friday. Fire Chief Scott Beckett said the O’Neil Service Station at the Steamwell Crossing on Three Mile Curve was probably 90 percent involved when they got there.

“The building is a total loss. We have called the W.Va. State Fire Marshal in to investigate the cause of the blaze. Everything went smoothly, but with a commercial structure, you have to up the level of what you have to do to fight the fire. There were no injuries.”

Martha Sparks will have a story in Sunday’s edition of the Banner, which includes an exclusive interview with the owner of the building.

There was also a house fire Thursday night between Lake and Mill Creek area of Logan County. According to reports, the home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and the amount of damage is unknown. Efforts to reach the fire departments at Harts and Chapmanville were unsuccessful.

There were also reports of a single vehicle accident around 5 a.m. Friday morning at the Omar Bridge next to the Little General store, where a pickup truck crashed into the creek. No information was available as to whether there were injuries or the cause of the accident.

The Logan Fire Department also responded to the site of a rockslide occurred on US 119 around 8:45 a.m. Friday morning, which took place in the northbound lane past Wal Mart at the Crawley Dip.

There was an accident involving a Logan County school bus around 8 a.m. Friday morning at the intersection of Route 44 and Cow Creek Road. No students were on the bus at the time of the accident.

Reports say the driver of a vehicle lost control and slid into the bus and that witnesses identified the driver of the vehicle as Todd Chafin of Cow Creek. Chafin is an employee at the Logan County Courthouse. He was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital with severe injuries.

The bus driver was also injured in the accident and was transported to Logan Regional Medical Center.

The Logan Fire Department set up a landing zone at the former Ames parking lot so Chafin could be flown out.