UPDATE: South Charleston Apartment Fire Forces Out Residents; Burn Victim's Name Released

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

UPDATE 5/4/12 @ 7:40 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The name of a woman seriously hurt Thursday night in an apartment building fire in South Charleston has been released.

Angela Lowe is listed in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital, according to Capt. Virgil White with the South Charleston Fire Department.

The fire happened at 200 E Street in South Charleston.

UPDATE 5/4/12 @ 5:30 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The investigation into what caused a fire that sent one woman to the hospital continued Friday.

The apartment building on 200 E Street in South Charleston was built in 1940 and housed four apartments. Now all of those neighbors are looking for a new home.

Fire officials said this could have all been prevented. The apartment complex didn't have any working smoke detectors, and fire officials said the fire was burning for up to seven minutes before anyone noticed.

Victor Jarrett has lived in his 200 E Street apartment for about five months. On Friday, though, he was forced to find a new home.

"Well, I slept for about an hour and a half and couldn't get back to sleep and I went out, met a couple of buddies of mine up at the 7-Eleven and had coffee on the West Side. And I come back, and the place is burnt," Jarrett said.

Thursday night’s fire destroyed the apartment across the hall from Jarrett and spread into his. Now he’s left trying to salvage whatever he can.

"I got a few things I'll have to leave because they're ruined, but other than that I'm trying to keep what I can," Jarrett said.

Fire officials tell WSAZ.com it is a frustrating situation.

"You can see where at one time a smoke detector was installed in this apartment however there's no smoke detector to be found,” South Charleston Fire Capt. Virgil White said. "It's very frustrating to know that the means are there, but they're never used."

There was not one smoke detector in the entire building, resulting in extensive damage.

"This is what people need to see because you can see how intense the fire gets and how fast a fire moves,” White said. “Having a smoke detector with early detection can save a lot of lives."

But, now these folks are forced to move out and fire officials have to condemn the building.

Fire officials said they’re still trying to figure out exactly what caused the fire, although they do believe it started in the kitchen area. They said state law requires landlords to install smoke detectors in their buildings, but it’s up to the tenants to maintain them.

UPDATE 5/4/12 @ 12:05 a.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman has been transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital after being injured in a fire at an apartment building Thursday night.

The fire happened about 11 p.m. in the 200-block of E Street in South Charleston.

Firefighters rescued a woman inside from a second story window.

The woman suffered burn injuries and is in serious condition.

No one else was home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters tell WSAZ.com there were no working smoke detectors found.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/3/12 @ 11:30 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Firefighters are on the scene of a fire in the 200-block of E Street in South Charleston.

911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com everyone is out of the building, but additional units have been called in to help fight the fire.

We have a crew on the scene.

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