FIRE RULED ARSON Couple Escape From Set Blaze In Their Putnam County Trailer
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Feb. 14, 2012 8:41 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 14, 2012 6:08 PM EST
EYEWITNESS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO C L I C K T O P L A Y
, Putnam County
, West Virginia
The State Fire Marshal now says a fire that left Putnam County family homeless this Valentine's Day is arson. Their trailer went up in flames this morning.
It happened around 8am Tuesday in the Brendenwood Acres area near Hurricane.
Witness say they heard explosions in the area.
Gladys Gabritsch, the woman who lived there tells Eyewitness News that she heard someone in the hallway and then noticed the bed was on fire. She said they put that fire out, then noticed a bigger blaze in another part of the trailer. She thought she heard her husband walking in the hall. Frank told her it wasn't him. Now she thinks an intruder entered the house and set the fire.
Firefighters say the home is a total loss, but Frank and Glayds Gabritsch and their small dog made it out safely.
If you have information on this fire call the ARSON HOTLINE at 1-800-233-FIRE.