WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Fire, Explosions Destroy Institute Trailer

Reported: May. 12, 2014 9:46 PM EDT
Updated: May. 13, 2014 7:07 PM EDT
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

News Image

INSTITUTE, W.Va. (Kera Mashek) -- It was quite a dramatic scene along Finney Hollow Road in Institute Monday afternoon. Even with three fire departments on scene, little could be done to save the mobile home.

"It's all gone," homeowner Edsel Taylor said.

Flames were shooting out of every corner, and a thick cloud of smoke was billowing into the sky that could be seen for miles. Thankfully, Taylor wasn't inside when it started. He could only watch his home of 30 years burn to the ground.

"You hate to see your own go," Taylor said.

The fire was quite a challenge for those on the front lines because of what was inside the mobile home.

As the flames rose, a combination of ammunition, oxygen and propane tanks exploded. Making matters worse, a nearby power line snapped and sparked, and the brush behind the house also caught fire, leaving firefighters to make the decision to just stand on the sidelines until things settled down because the conditions were just too dangerous to get close.

"The trailer was not saveable. There was nobody in it to be saved, so why get hurt over something you're not going to make any . . . if you are successful, there's nothing to accomplish but a lot to lose and nothing to gain. So they made the right decisions," said C.W. Sigman with Kanawha County Emergency Management.

Walking through the rubble of his home, Taylor understands that decision. He is still devastated, but also thankful to be alive.

Taylor is hoping to put another mobile home on the lot eventually, but said recovering will be difficult because he didn't have insurance and lives on a fixed income. Thankfully, several relatives live nearby who he can stay with for now.

Fire crews suspect a faulty electrical box may have sparked the fire, but the cause is still under investigation.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Fire Marshals Say Arson Believed Cause Of Church Fire
News
Jul. 23, 2014 5:42 PM EDT
After finding a gas can and a crow bar at the scene, ...
Full News Story and Video

Man Charged With Firing Shots Near School Pleads Guilty
News
Jul. 23, 2014 5:32 PM EDT
A New York man, charged with firing shots within a ...
Full News Story

Bond Reduction Denied For Shoot-Out Suspect
News
Jul. 23, 2014 5:33 PM EDT
A bond reduction has been denied for a Detroit man ...
Full News Story


News Renovated Kroger Hosts Grand Opening
Jul. 23, 2014 5:34 PM EDT
News NPS Assesses Impact Of WV Attractions
Jul. 23, 2014 5:36 PM EDT
News Carper Calls On Tax Commissioner To Clarify Code On Misconduct Of Officers
Jul. 23, 2014 5:06 PM EDT
News Dispatchers Say Men Arrested After Break-In Into Apparent Condemned Meth House
Jul. 23, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
News Chemical Extraction At Westmoreland Park Could Take Longer Than Expected
Jul. 23, 2014 4:25 PM EDT
News Two Charged In Clay County Robbery, Beating
Jul. 23, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
News Persons Of Interests Named In East End Shooting Investigation
Jul. 23, 2014 3:44 PM EDT
News Mobile Home Fire Reported On Victoria Road In Cross Lanes Area
Jul. 23, 2014 4:24 PM EDT
News Push America Rolls Through The River City
Jul. 23, 2014 2:14 PM EDT
News WVU Announces Football Series With NC State
Jul. 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT
News Federal Agencies Promise Additional Studies, Analysis On Jan. 9 Chemical Spill
Jul. 23, 2014 12:42 PM EDT
News Changes Being Made To Dangerous Wild Animals Act
Jul. 23, 2014 1:12 PM EDT
News Man Faces Kidnapping, Other Charges In Putnam County
Jul. 23, 2014 12:15 PM EDT
News Man Dies After Vehicle Plummets Over Mountain Side
Jul. 23, 2014 1:49 PM EDT
News Hurricane Studies Ways To Deal With Crowding At Water Playground
Jul. 23, 2014 10:51 AM EDT
News Loyal Dog Herman Stands Guard Over Wounded Companion
Jul. 23, 2014 10:46 AM EDT
News Dirty Girl Mud Run Says No Refunds Will Be Issued
Jul. 23, 2014 1:13 PM EDT
News Metro 911 First Emergency Center In State To Allow Texting For Help
Jul. 23, 2014 11:17 AM EDT
News WV Man Faces Federal Charges For Selling Turtles Out Of State
Jul. 23, 2014 8:48 AM EDT
News WV Solid Waste Programs Get Large Sum In Grants
Jul. 23, 2014 8:50 AM EDT
News Charges Dismissed Against WV Lawyer In Standoff
Jul. 23, 2014 8:53 AM EDT
News Meth Battled At Point Of Sale
Jul. 23, 2014 9:08 AM EDT
News Huntington Man Arrested for Allegedly Soliciting a Minor Online
Jul. 23, 2014 1:27 PM EDT
News Mason County Case Serves As Important Reminder On Child Nutrition Needs
Jul. 23, 2014 1:33 PM EDT
News Community Responds To Child Neglect Case
Jul. 23, 2014 8:43 AM EDT
News Bus Company Decision Nails The Coffin Shut On Saturday Event
Jul. 22, 2014 7:36 PM EDT
News Freedom Bankruptcy Deal On Hold
Jul. 22, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
News Milton Seeing Economic Boom
Jul. 23, 2014 11:18 AM EDT
News Dirty Girl Mud Run For Charleston Officially Canceled
Jul. 22, 2014 5:42 PM EDT
News Fayette County Man Killed After Pinned Under Truck
Jul. 22, 2014 4:54 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
Police in W.Va. seek suspects in horse strangling

Police in West Virginia are looking for those responsible for tying a tow rope around the neck of a horse that later died.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Pa. racetrack employee pleads guilty in horse case

A Pennsylvania racetrack employee has acknowledged reporting false workout times for horses in exchange for cash.
Full Story

Ohio News
Man found dead may have fallen down garbage chute

A Cleveland police official says a man found dead at a Lorain County landfill may have fallen down a five- or six-story garbage chute at Progressive Field in Cleveland and landed in a large waste container.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.