UPDATE: Lightning Causes Fire at Hurricane Businesses

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

UPDATE 8/28/14 @ 6 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Putnam County healthcare facility will be closed for the foreseeable future after lightning struck the building early Thursday morning, causing a fire.

The fire broke out around midnight at the building that houses both Valley Health and CBC Engineering in Hurricane.

Initial estimates of damage are between $500,000 and $600,000. The building's owner, Doug Skaff, says the Valley Health side of the building will need a new roof, as well as repairs to electrical wiring, the HVAC system, and several interior walls.

The CBC Engineering side, however, only suffered some water damage. A firewall separates the businesses, and is credited for saving part of the building.

"The firewall is a partition that's built all the way from the ground, all the way up to and through the roof," said Skaff. "It did its job."

Lewis Moore, a production manager at SERVPRO, who is helping to clean up after the fire, says the damage would have been a lot worse without the firewall in place.

"It could have spread and just kept moving," said Moore. "And then both businesses would have been out of business today."

CBC Engineering is set to reopen on Monday.

Valley Health in Hurricane will remain closed for the time being. Appointments for clients are being rescheduled at their Milton office. They ask clients to call the normal phone number and it will be transferred.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/28/14 @ 6:30 a.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An early morning fire in Putnam County damages a building that houses a health care facility and engineering firm.

911 Dispatchers say the fire started around midnight at the building in the 3700 Block of Teays Valley Road.

Valley Health Systems and CBC Engineering are located in the building.

Firefighters believe the fire was caused by lightning, and that the fire was contained to the attic.

Appointments for Valley Health clients are being rescheduled at their Milton office. They ask clients to call the normal phone number and it will be transferred.

We're told medical records and equipment were not damaged in the fire.

There were no injuries in the fire.


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