Homeowner Says He And His Wife Barely Escaped Blaze
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 11, 2012 1:38 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 11, 2012 4:33 PM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The owner of a home in the Cross Lanes area that was heavily damaged by a raging fire Tuesday said he barely was able to get his ill wife out of the residence as the garage was collapsing.
Bobby Thompson, a Korean War veteran, told Eyewitness News the blaze at 4712 W. Washington St. apparently began in the attic. He said as he and his wife were trying to escape the residence, he put his wife in the car and the couple was almost overcome by smoke. As they exited the garage, the roof was collapsing, he said. Just five minutes after the fire started, flames were coming through the roof of the residence.
A Metro 911 dispatcher said the blaze was reported about 1:30 p.m. and three fire department units from Cross Lanes, Institute and Dunbar responded.
Firefighters were on the scene of a structure fire on West Washington Street in the Cross Lanes area where flames were coming through the roof, a dispatcher said.
The blaze was reported about 1:30 p.m. at 4712 W. Washington St., a Metro 911 dispatcher said.
Three fire department units from Cross Lanes, Institute and Dunbar responded to the fire. Eyewitness News has a crew heading to the scene.
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