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UPDATE: Mourning Victim of Fatal Fire in Elkview

By: Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 2/5/13 @ 6:25 p.m.
ELKVIEW, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man's life was taken after his home caught fire Monday afternoon, leaving neighbors in mourning.

The fire started about 4:30 p.m. Monday at a house along Jakes Run Road in Elkview.

Neighbors tell WSAZ.com Richard Garland, 60, of Elkview, lived in the home and wasn't able to make it out safely.

"Richard was just truly a good person," neighbor Shirley Stump said. "If you needed anything, all you had to do was just call him."

The State Fire Marshal's Office say Garland's body was found near the front door of the home.

"That was, devastating," Stump said. "So I mean, I couldn't get it off my mind."

Garland served in the Army and was retired from the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

No smoke detectors were found in the home, but the fire marshal says they could have burned in the fire.

The cause is still questionable, but investigators don't believe it's suspicious.

"The fire is basically just undetermined; it's still under investigation," State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said. "As far as smoke detectors, I couldn't find any, but due to the damage there's the possibility there could be smoke detectors. We just couldn't find them because of the fire."

Investigators plan to search for more clues at the scene. They know the fire started in the front room.

Neighbors say Garland had lived there for decades.

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UPDATE 2/5/13 @ 2:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- We now know the name of a man who was killed in a house fire in Kanawha County.

The fire started about 4:30 p.m. Monday at a house on Jakes Run Road in Frame.

Neighbors tell WSAZ.com Richard Garland lived in the home and wasn't able to make it out safely.

The State Fire Marshal's Office say Garland's body was found near the front door of the home.

He was 60 years old and served in Army and was retired from the DOH.

No smoke detectors were found in the home, but the fire marshal says they could have burned in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but it doesn't appear suspicious. Investigators will be back on the scene Tuesday afternoon.



UPDATE 2/5/13 @ 11:30 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fire that killed a man in Northern Kanawha County appears to be an accident.

The fire started about 4:30 p.m. Monday at a house on Jakes Run Road in Frame.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal tells WSAZ.com the fire started in a front room and it appears the victim tried to make it out safely. The man's body was found near the front door.

No smoke detectors were found in the home, but the fire marshal says they could have burned in the fire.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but it doesn't appear suspicious. Investigators will be back on the scene Tuesday afternoon.

The man's body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. His name has not been released.

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UPDATE 2/4/13 @ 10:10 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A family is in mourning Monday night after losing a loved one in a devastating and fast moving house fire.

It happened about 4:30 p.m. Monday along Jakes Run Road in the Frame area.

Frame firefighters were the first on the scene but could do little to help. The house already was collapsing when they arrived.

Neighbors say the house did not have working smoke detectors.



ORIGINAL STORY
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A man is dead after a house fire in northern Kanawha County.

The fire started about 4:30 p.m. Monday inside a house along Jakes Run Road in the Frame area.

Fire investigators say a man was inside when it started and could not escape. His name is not being released.

Officials from the state Medical Examiner's Office are on the scene to begin their investigation.

We have a crew on the scene.

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