UPDATE: Four Families Left Homeless After Fire in Lincoln County

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 6/15/14 @ 6:00 p.m.
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --Four families are left without a home after a fire tore through three buildings in Lincoln County.

It's a weekend that should be filled with laughter and memories, but this Father's Day, the Wheeler family is counting their blessings. "Nobody lost their life and that's very fortunate and everybody's glad they all made it out alive," says Todd Wheeler. His cousin and their family lost everything in the fire.

Some pets are unaccounted for. The family believes they may have died in the fire. Clothing, keys, money; everything the family owned was destroyed by the flames. Six adults and four children are left homeless.

Flames were seen shooting through the roof of what used to be a two story home. A nearby railroad track was shut down while multiple fire departments worked hours to fight the flames.

Alum Creek Volunteer Firefighter, Rob Frazer says, "by the time we got there, the fire had already spread to a double wide and a two story structure that was attached to the garage."

Ammunition inside the home forced firefighters back for safety. The brick building made it a dangerous fire to fight.

"Everything they worked all their life for is gone. He's a disabled coal miner. He barely gets by," Wheeler said. "That's what they do in Lincoln County. When something like this happens, they come together and try to help each other."

There's no word on what started the fire or if smoke detectors were inside the home. The Red Cross was called in to help the family and a fund will be set up at a local bank for donations.

LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Emergency crews remain on the scene of two structure fires.

It happened on Tressel Road near Route 119, just after 6:00 p.m., Saturday.

911 dispatchers have confirmed that two buildings have burned to the ground. It's unclear at this time what the buildings were.

As of 7:45 p.m., firefighters were still battling flames.

No injuries have been reported, but an EMS unit is on standby.

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