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Neighbors Worry About Lack Of Hydrants By Clendenin House That Burned Down

Reported: Apr. 18, 2014 8:39 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 18, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
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CLENDENIN, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- Neighbors who live near a Clendenin home that was destroyed by fire Friday morning are concerned about the lack of fire hydrants in the area.

Elizabeth Bolyard lives next door to the home that was destroyed by the blaze and said she could smell smoke, looked outside and saw a huge fireball.

"Literally, it lit up the skies," she said. "Everything was just like daylight on my front door. At my front door, you could step out and feel the heat."

The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived at the scene. But as soon as they tried to fight it, they were met with a huge problem: no fire hydrants near the home.

"The closest hydrant is about 2,000 feet off the hill and the house is so far back here there's not enough pressure to set it back so we had to sit an engine at the foot of the hill to pump the water up the hill," said Frank Kirk, assistant chief of the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department.

At one point, they even ran out of water.

Bolyard said no matter what firefighters could have done, they wouldn't have been able to save the house simply because getting water to it isn't easy. She said they hve petitioned to get a bigger water line in this area to no avail.

Bolyard said if there is ever a fire at her home, she is afraid the outcome will be like what happened at this house.

"I just had to accept that fact that living peacefully and quietly in the country means if there's a fire, you're going to lose your home," she said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.




CLENDENIN, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes, Jeff Morris) -- A fire ripped through and destroyed a two-story home early Friday in Clendenin.

Metro 911 received a call about the blaze on Liberty Drive about 5:45 a.m., and firefighters estimate the structure may have been burning an hour before the blaze was reported.

Fire officials said they had a huge problem getting water up to the house. No hydrants were near the home, and crews had to lay about 2,000 feet of hose. Trucks from other departments also brought water to the scene.

No injuries were reported. The 3,900-square-foot home was for sale and was unoccupied.

Firefighters from Clendenin, Pinch and Frame responded. The structure was still smoldering Friday morning, and firefighters estimated they would be on the scene until about noon.

No word on what started the fire, and at this time they don't believe it's suspicious. Fire officials said electricity was hooked up to the home. They said they will hand over the investigation to the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office.

-- Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth Bolyard



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