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UPDATE: Cabin Creek Fire Ruled Arson

By: Alex Snyder; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Alex Snyder; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/18/13 @ 5:50 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- New details about a fire that seriously hurt a man and destroyed a home in Cabin Creek.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has ruled the fire an arson.

The fire broke out at Norman Stanley's home along Cabin Creek Road late Saturday night.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office spent the day sifting through what was left of the house.

Stanley says someone set a gas can on fire causing it to explode on the back porch.

Investigators say there is a lot to look at in this case.

Stanley's father suffered burns to more than 60 percent of his body. He was flown to the burn unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

At this time, there are no suspect in the case.

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ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Norman Stanley is picking up the pieces after a fire tore through his house along Cabin Creek Road in Kanawha County.

"I don't know what to think -- it's terrible," Stanley said.

He was next door at his dad’s house late Saturday night when a friend came pounding on the door saying something on Norman’s back porch was on fire.

"So we ran out there to check it out and there was a 5 gallon can of gas sitting against my door -- like somebody set it on fire -- and we were trying to put it out and it just blew up on us," Stanley said.

There’s nothing left of the back porch and the door is laying in the yard, mangled and burned from the explosion and fire.

"I ran off the porch -- my jacket was on fire and rolled in the snow and when I got up I just saw my dad just walking with flames all over him," Stanley said.

His dad had to be flown to the burn unit at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Norman says there were burns to over 60 percent of his body.

"There's a lot of sentimental value stuff that got burned up -- it hurts," Stanley said.

Hardly anything could be recovered, including Norman’s piece of mind. Until they find out who did this, he’s worried that his family’s house next door could be next.

"I don't know, I guess just start off fresh," Stanley said.

Stabley says he hopes for a new beginning after a night of heartache.


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