UPDATE: Investigators say Evidence Suggests Fatal Fire was Cooking-Related

By: Cathleen Moxley, Kristen Schneider Email
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A family is remembering the life of a loved one who died in a house fire. Investigators say the evidence suggests the fire was cooking-related.

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UPDATE 4/2/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It’s been a tragic day for a family in Boone County after losing a loved one in a house fire.

It happened about 6 p.m. Monday along Spars Creek Road, just outside of Madison.

State police say Jerry Dunlap, 69, died in the fire.

“The first time I ever went hunting, me and him went hunting together,” Seth Bunting, Dunlap’s grandson said. “We didn't catch anything or get anything, but it was still fun just spending time together.”

Bunting has many good memories of his grandfather, as did many of Dunlap’s neighbors, who did everything they could to save him.

“My husband jumped out of the vehicle, kicked the door in and smoke just started pouring out,” Patty Pauley, a neighbor, said. “We both got on our hands and knees and tried to crawl in, but the smoke was just too much. We couldn't even get past the front door.”

Firefighters put the flames out quickly, which is why the walls still stand and why investigators were able to figure out what happened.

They say the fire started in the kitchen. The official cause is undetermined, but they say there’s evidence that Dunlap had been cooking.

“There are a couple of pots on the stove. I have found some items in the microwave that would be what you would cook,” State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said.

As Bunting prepares to say his final farewell, he can't help but remember the words of his grandfather.

“He would always say ‘I love you guys with all my heart. You'll never know how much I love you,’ ” Bunting said.

Dunlap also coached softball and youth basketball, and he was a major supporter of Relay for Life.

His family asks that instead of flowers, anyone wanting to honor Dunlap should donate to Relay for Life.

UPDATE 4/2/13 @ 11:30 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have released the name of the man who died in a house fire Monday night.

West Virginia State Police say Jerry Dunlap, 69, was inside the mobile home when it caught fire, and did not survive.

The fire started about 6 p.m. on Spars Creek Road, just outside of Madison.

Neighbors saw the flames and attempted to rescue Dunlap, but the heat was too intense.

Nobody else was hurt in the fire.

The state fire marshal is back on the scene Tuesday, trying to determine what started the fire.

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UPDATE 4/1/13 @ 10:15 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Despite an attempt by neighbors to rescue a man trapped in a burning home, the man died Monday evening.

The fire was reported about 6 p.m. Monday along Spars Creek Road -- just outside of Madison in Boone County.

Neighbors actually saw the fire first and attempted a rescue, but the flames were too intense.

Investigators are not releasing the victim's name at this point.

No one else was hurt, and there was no word on what caused the fire.

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BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person is dead after a house fire in Boone County.

The fire broke out Monday evening at a house along Spars Creek Road, just outside of Madison.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office tells WSAZ.com one person was unable to make it out of the burning home and has died.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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