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Couple Vows To Bounce Back From Fire That Destroyed Their Business

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 20, 2013 11:04 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 21, 2013 10:44 PM EST

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Oak Hill Fire
Photo courtesy of Anthony Bass

Lochgelly, Fayette County , West Virginia

A family in southern West Virginia remained in shock Saturday, not knowing where to even begin to clean up after a massive fire destroyed their business overnight.

Connie Paine was sitting in her home, watching TV, when she noticed the business she and her husband owned going up in flames.

There are a lot of ways to describe a Friday night fire that destroyed Ronald and Connie Paine's recycling business.

Connie Paine, who witnessed it all, said, "it sounded like World War III! Boom! Boom! Boom!"

Full of exploded propane and oxygen tanks, Auto Recycling in Lochgelly, near Oak Hill, is now a field of twisted and smoldering metal.

Ronald Paine was hurt while frantically trying to save equipment, and is still recovering in the hospital.

"It's a miracle he wasn't killed," Connie Paine said.

Roads were shut down, and homes were temporarily evacuated.

The state fire marshal's office hasn't ruled a cause on the fire, but Connie Paine is convinced someone did this on purpose.

Her husband was recently diagnosed with cancer. Between starting treatments next month and losing their business, the couple is overwhelmed.

"I love my husband,” Connie Paine said. “I am worried sick! I even threw up at the other end of the yard!"

But as many support beams still stand strong amongst the rubble, so does the family, and they have one promise.

"We will come back,” Connie Paine said. “We are not quitters! We will come back, unless God says otherwise."

The state fire marshal will be on hand Monday to take a look at the rubble and determine whether or not the fire was arson.




Fire crews were battling large fire at a scrapyard in Oak Hill Friday night.

Crews had the blaze, which started around 7:30 p.m. in the Lochgelly area of Oak Hill, under control.

Dispatchers called in nine fire crews, the Fayette County Sheriff's Department and the West Virginia State Police to handle the situation.

Several homes in the area were evacuated because propane and oxygen tanks were on the property. People were allowed back in their homes after the fire was put out.



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