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


Marshall Frat Truck Fire Investigated As Arson

Reported by: Send eMail AP
Also Contributing: Kaylin Searles
Reported: Jun. 12, 2014 9:01 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 16, 2014 10:50 AM EDT
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

MU Truck Fire
Eyewitness News Photo

Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Huntington authorities said a fire that damaged a Marshall University fraternity's firetruck was deliberately set.

The 1967 International Engine firetruck sits on the front lawn of the Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity house near Marshall's campus. It's a memorial to a fraternity member who died in the 1990s.

City Fire Marshal Steve Ellis told The Herald-Dispatch that someone put a propane tank inside the truck, and then set the vehicle on fire.

Phi Kappa Alpha alumni Cameron Wadley said the fraternity and alumni plan to raise money to repair or replace the truck, which is known as "Thumper."

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.




A firetruck located on front lawn of Pi Kappa Alpha house caught fire early Thursday in Huntington.

The blaze took place at about 1 a.m. at the fraternity house, located on Fifth Avenue near Marshall University.

There were three people at the home at the time of the fire

Member Chase Mooney was at home in bed when he heard someone say, "The firetruck is on fire."

The three went outside and saw flames shooting out the top of it

A short time later, there was a small explosion from the front of the truck.

Someone had taken the propane tank from the fraternity's gas grill and put it in the front seat of the truck.

The majority of the damage was contained to that front area of the truck.

Members said the truck has been there since at least the 1980s, as a memorial to a former member of the fraternity who passed away.

They hope to have it restored and fixed by the fall.

"There's been a lot of stuff that's happened around here, for people doing pranks and stuff,” Mooney said. β€œIt’s the nature of fraternity life, but to deface a memorial like that, it just makes me angry. It really infuriates me.”



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Battling Meth At The Point Of Sale
News
Jul. 22, 2014 11:32 PM EDT
Deputies spent hours investigating an abandoned meth ...
Full News Story and Video

Huntington Man Arrested for Allegedly Soliciting a Minor Online
News
Jul. 22, 2014 10:44 PM EDT
Police arrested a man Tuesday afternoon, for allegedly ...
Full News Story

Mason Co. Case Serves As Important Reminder On Child Nutrition Needs
News
Jul. 22, 2014 10:30 PM EDT
The investigation continues into a disturbing case ...
Full News Story and Video


News Community Responds To Child Neglect Case
Jul. 22, 2014 9:35 PM 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. 22, 2014 5:49 PM 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
News The Greenbrier Releases Details For Fans Interested In Attending New Orleans Saints' Practices, Picnic
Jul. 22, 2014 8:12 PM EDT
News Medicare Workshop Offers Information, Expert Consultation
Jul. 22, 2014 4:22 PM EDT
News MU To Paint The Capital City Green
Jul. 22, 2014 4:07 PM EDT
News Multifest Announces Schedule For 2014
Jul. 22, 2014 8:52 PM EDT
News Pregnant Teen Strangled, Man Decapitated In Online Sex Case
Jul. 22, 2014 3:06 PM EDT
News Milton Police Seek Information On Telephone Cable Theft
Jul. 22, 2014 2:28 PM EDT
News Meningitis Diagnosis Prompted WV Clinic Probe
Jul. 22, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
News Mountaineers To Face Tennessee In Football In 2018
Jul. 22, 2014 1:55 PM EDT
News Surveillance Photos Released In South Charleston Robbery
Jul. 22, 2014 12:53 PM EDT
News WVU Baseball Player Signs With Pro Team
Jul. 22, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
News One Man Injured In East End Shooting
Jul. 22, 2014 6:16 PM EDT
News Well-Being Of WV Children Improves; State Ranks 37th
Jul. 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT
News Independent Ed Rabel To Seek Congressional Seat
Jul. 22, 2014 11:17 AM EDT
News Wayne County Schools Names Superintendent
Jul. 22, 2014 1:22 PM EDT
News Annual River Float Expected To Make Big Splash Saturday
Jul. 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT
News Trailer Owner Finds Abandoned Meth Lab Near Backyard
Jul. 22, 2014 10:25 AM EDT
News WV Inmate Who Escaped In May Captured In VA
Jul. 22, 2014 9:16 AM EDT
News Former Mercer County Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sex Charges
Jul. 22, 2014 9:22 AM EDT
News Freedom Industries In Bankruptcy Court Tuesday
Jul. 22, 2014 7:54 AM EDT
News Baby Dies From Malnutrition After Police Say Parents Used WIC Money To Buy Drugs
Jul. 21, 2014 11:53 PM EDT
News Women Express Outrage Over Dirty Girl Mud Run Flap
Jul. 22, 2014 7:44 AM EDT
News Shoppers Travel Across Counties To Shop At Newly Expanded Kroger
Jul. 22, 2014 12:56 PM EDT
News Livestock Competition Big Part Of Cabell County Fair
Jul. 22, 2014 11:06 AM EDT
News Local Sporting Goods Store Thriving
Jul. 22, 2014 1:18 PM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
W.Va. solid waste programs get $360,000 in grants

Grants totaling $360,000 are headed to 29 solid waste authorities across West Virginia.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Volunteers needed for National FFA Convention

Volunteers are being recruited to assist with the National FFA Convention in Louisville this fall.
Full Story

Ohio News
Southwest plane makes emergency landing in Ohio

A Southwest Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Port Columbus International Airport because a fire-indicator light came on.
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.