Fire destroys family home in Logan

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

March 26, 2014

A fire completely destroyed a family’s home Monday afternoon in Logan.

The first call of the fire went out at around 6 p.m., according to Logan firefighter Fuji Williams.

“The first fire we had it contained to two rooms downstairs in the rear of the house,” Williams said. “We did a major overhaul on it and actually cut the floors out of it to make sure there were no hot spots. We stayed about an hour just doing that.”

Williams said after they cleared the scene, about an hour later, another call came in on the same fire.

“We got called back out to what we call a rekindle. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene it was blown out on three sides of the house… two stories,” Williams said. “The first time on the scene, the fire never made it to the second floor. The second call it was going through the roof and every window.”

Williams said that was a lot of fire to occur in such a short time after their departure from the first fire. For that reason the fire marshal was called in to investigate.

“The fire marshal has been here just about all morning and is expected to return tomorrow,” Williams said.

Williams said there were four people living in the home, and all were unharmed.

However, the second fire had actually caught the balconies on a home situated behind the Pennington home on fire. An elderly man living in the home was evacuated and was hospitalized with minor burns.

“He was hospitalized for minor burns on his hands and side of his face and for smoke inhalation,” Williams said. “When we went to evacuate the man, the house fire was extremely involved and there was a lot of heat coming from it and we had to bring him out by the house and I’m guessing that is where he got his first degree burns.”

Contributions and donations for the Pennington family are being collected by the City of Logan until Friday. Clothing sizes for the women are: Pant sizes 20, 2xl and 5x; Shirt sizes 2xl and 5x and Shoes sizes 10 and 11. Clothing sizes for the men are: Pant sizes 40 and short 3xl; Shirt sizes 2xl and 4x, and shoes sizes 10.5 and 16.

Items may be left at City Hall or the Logan Fire Department. If you bring it in bags, you are asked to please leave your name with the donation. For those with items to contribute but can’t get to Logan, contributions will be accepted Friday, March 28, in Chapmanville at the Chapmanville Community Building.

Along with the Logan Fire Department, units from Henlawson, Cora, Verdunville and Main Island Creek were also on the scene, along with law enforcement officers from the Sheriff’s Department, City of Logan and the West Virginia State Police.