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Two Families Displaced After Fire

Reported: Mar. 9, 2014 6:29 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 9, 2014 7:15 PM EDT
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LOGAN, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Two families are homeless after a fire catches an apartment building on fire in downtown Logan.

Jason Wall, who lives next door, called 911.

"All of the sudden, this young lady was coming out running and saying "Help! Help" and then I looked up and then all of the sudden I saw smoke coming out," Wall said.

The homes were left with severe damage after flames ripped through the apartment building on Dingess Rd Saturday afternoon.

Logan Fire Department Chief Scott Beckett said the home was fully involved when crews got on scene.

People living at the apartment were home and thankfully everyone, including a family dog, was able to get out safely. However, fire and water damage displaced both families.

"I wish everything for them," Wall said. "If they need anything I wouldn't care to help."

The Red Cross was called and is helping the families affected with temporary housing.

And the firefighters were hit hard too.

Michael Beckett with Logan Fire Department was feeding the hose into the home through a second story window when a canopy collapsed. Beckett fell more than 10 ft with nothing to break his fall.

"When we go out on fire, it's a dangerous job. But circumstances like yesterday, it just happens and it happens in a blink of an eye," Beckett said. "There's not much you can do about it but handle it, get through it. We still got a job to do. We still have to put the fire out."

Crews were able to knock down the flames but Michael was taken to Logan Regional Medical Center.

He was treated and has since been released. It's a miracle he had no serious injuries, not even a broken bone.

And though he may be a bit bruised, the community is hoping for a speedy recovery and return to work.

"I hope he recovers well and gets back to work," Sam Browning of Logan said. "Michael pretty well tries to protect this town from fires and stuff."

Fire marshals have been notified and will investigate the cause of the fire.



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