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Apartment Fire In Logan County Leaves A Family Homeless

Reported: Mar. 24, 2014 10:43 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 25, 2014 8:16 PM EDT
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LOGAN, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- An apartment fire in Logan County is raising eyebrows after firefighters were called to the same building twice Monday night.

Kevin Jemerison said he looked on as his neighbor's Cole St. duplex melted before his eyes.

"Just totally engulfed," Jemerison said. "And I stood at the top of the hill and watched it, watched the fire, watch the house fall."

A pile of rubble, charred wood and cars were all that was left Tuesday morning after a massive fire tore through the two-story apartment building.

"I came outside and they (firefighters) was putting out Ryan Pennington's house," said neighbor Holly Lester.

Two separate fires brought down the building. Logan County firefighters said the first one was electrical and started in the flooring Monday around 5:00 p.m. The second one sparked three hours later, lighting up the night with massive flames that firefighters couldn't put out before it was too late.

"My neighbor, he was up there and he was saying that he was trying to save a dog that was up there and he came back down and the cops wouldn't let him near the fire," Lester said.

The family of four, who lived at the apartment building, survived but two of their dogs perished.

Jemerison said the family always gave back to the community and he hopes the community returns the favor.

"He lost it all, you know, something real awful for him and his family but the help that he's given others, I'm sure he'll get plenty of it back." Jemerison said.

Two homes nearby were damaged slightly by the fires.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating.



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