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Fire Destroys Home In South Charleston

Reported: Mar. 23, 2014 6:29 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- Roger Province has lived in his home on main drive in South Charleston for 15 years, but after a fire ripped through his house Sunday morning, he's now homeless.

"Everything in it is gone. We just bought a new washer and dryer. It cost 3,500 dollars and it's cooked," Province said.

Province was at work when the fire started, but his girlfriend and two pets were still at home, sleeping. Thankfully, a neighbor looked at her window and saw the fire.

"I ran over to her house, pounded on the door, told her her house was on fire. Got her out, got her two pets out,” neighbor Kimberly Martin said.

Firefighters got the call just before 10 a.m. When they got to the house, they determined the fire started in the attic, so they weren't able to fight the fire from inside the house.

"We made a decision to go defensive on the fire which means pull everyone out of the building, and hit it from the outside in,” South Charleston Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Samples said.

It took around 30 minutes to put the fire out, but it's going to take much longer than that for this family to rebuild.

"You just gotta play it one day at a time. You gotta figure out another place to live," Province added.

Province and his girlfriend are going to stay with family who live nearby until they figure out where they’re going to live next.



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