UPDATE 6/11/13 @ 6:35 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A family forced from their home Tuesday morning will not be returning there.
It was destroyed by fire just after 3 a.m. Tuesday along Delaware Avenue in Charleston.
“When I got here there was debris out in the front yard, onto the sidewalk and the alley was blocked,” Skip Carson, the landlord, said.
Carson now has quite a mess to manage. The house consists of two apartments, and when it caught fire, many neighbors woke up.
“I got a little bit closer, and the window blew out,” Stacy Gamble, a neighbor, said.
“You couldn't see the house at all. All you could see was the fire, the smoke and popping noises,” Tina Hitchcock, a neighbor, said. “I've never seen a house fire this bad before. It looked like it was getting ready to explode.”
“It's totally destroyed,” Carson said. “The ceiling is falling. All the interior drywall is gone.”
Carson says he’s just grateful the young man downstairs and the family upstairs are all safe and unharmed. Now comes the tough part of starting over.
“I think she (a tenant) was just getting a fresh start in this apartment,” Carson said. “It seems a shame that she got knocked back again. Hopefully she can recover and move forward.”
Investigators say the fire started in the apartment downstairs.
The man who lived there wasn't home at the time, but told investigators he believes it was set intentionally.
They are looking into that, but the cause is still undetermined.
911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the fire started about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Delaware Avenue. That's on the city's west side.
It took firefighters nearly an hour to put out the fire.
There are no reports of any injuries.
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