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Fund Established For Firefighter Whose Home Was Destroyed By Fire

Reported by: Send eMail Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 22, 2013 2:18 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 3:13 PM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A fund has been established for the family of a Kanawha County firefighter whose house was destroyed by a fire earlier this week.

The blaze on Wednesday destroyed the Sissonville home of Patrick Coles and his family.

Coles, who is a lieutenant with the Charleston Fire Department and a member of the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department, had left his home to run an errand at a neighbor's house and came back to find the back side of his house engulfed in flames, Sissonville Fire Department spokesman Thomas Miller said.

When he saw his house on fire, Coles rushed to the fire station, which is located less than a mile away, and got a firetruck in an attempt to save his home.

Additional fire crews from Sissonville, the city of Charleston and Malden also assisted in fighting the blaze. The home and its contents were destroyed. Coles received minor injuries to his hand while attempting to fight the fire.

Investigators believe that the blaze was accidental and that preliminary investigations indicate that a leaking fuel tank from a generator may have allowed gas fumes to travel to an ignition source, possibly the pilot light on a hot water tank, and then flash, Miller said.

In addition to being a firefighter, Coles is also a part-time emergency dispatcher at the Metro 911 Center and a member of the National Guard. His wife, Chrissie, works as an emergency medical technician with Cedar Grove Ambulance and their son, Jarrod, who is a junior firefighter with the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department. Their daughter Ally, has helped out at fundraisers for the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department.

"This is truly a family that makes helping out others a major part of their lives," Miller said.

Sissonville Fire Chief Tim Gooch said the tragic blaze "hurts all of the fire service family. Patrick is one of us and when one of us hurts, we all hurt."

The Charleston Fire Department Union Local #317, along with the Sissonville Fire Department, have established a fund to assist the family. You can make a contribution to:

Local #317 IAFF (International Association of Firefighters)
Credit Union
c/o The Coles Family
Post Office Box 3736
Charleston, West Virginia 25337

Donations also can be dropped off at any Charleston Fire Department fire station or at the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department's main fire station located on Call Road in Sissonville.

For more information, please contact the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department at 304-984-0674 or by email at mail@station26.org.



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