UPDATE: Newly Renovated Home Destroyed by Fire

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

UPDATE: 6/8/14 @ 7:30 p.m.
POCA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A family spends countless hours working to renovate a home, only for it to be destroyed by fire.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire on DuPont Road in Poca, Saturday evening.

The family lives across the street now and was planning on moving into the home after the renovations were completed this summer.

10-year-old Tyler McClanahan witnessed the flames shoot out of what was supposed to be his future home. A neighbor ran to their house. "She said your house is on fire. So I got my dad and we came outside and called the fire department."

The family says they were able to get a few items out but they worked tirelessly to complete the project on what would have been their dream home.

12-year-old Owen McClanahan says, "I was really scared. I was scared we weren't going to be able to move into this house."

The flames were so intense, 12-year-old Brooke Lawrence says she got sick from the heat. "My friend down the road could see them. They went all the way up in the sky so it caught some tree limbs and stuff on fire."

The family is now leaning on each other, knowing the house can eventually be built and everyone is safe. Owen says, "this one firefighter told me, you can replace this house but you can't replace you."

A dollar estimate for the house is not known yet. Firefighters do not believe the fire is suspicious.

POCA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several fire departments are on the scene of a house fire on Dupont Road in Poca.

911 dispatchers say it started about 7:30 p.m., Saturday.

As of 8:30 the home was still burning.

At this time, there have been no reports of injuries and it's unclear how the fire started.

WSAZ has a reporter headed to the scene.

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