The town of Man had one of its older homes in the 400 block of Main Street, known to many as the “Manko Homeplace,” catch fire Sunday afternoon.
Georgiana Hurley, granddaughter of Joe and Myrtle Manko, and George Hatfield, were residents of the home. According to reports, Hurley was able to drag Mr. Hatfield from the home, but both had to be flown to Cabell-Hungtington hospital Sunday afternoon and are patients in burn unit there. Their condition at last report was critical.
Man Fire Chief Bill Weese, said their investigation indicated the fire was caused by a mattress which was too close to a heater.
“The state fire marshal’s office just left. After completing their investigation, they agreed with us that the mattress being against the heater caused the fire,” said Weese.
According to the fire chief, there were no working smoke detectors to be found inside the home.
Chief Weese said the fire was contained to three rooms on the first floor, but there was smoke and heat damage throughout the house.
Assisting the Town of Man were the Buffalo Creek and Logan County #2 Fire Departments. They had a total of 28 firefighters on the scene. LEASA was also on hand to assist.