UPDATE: String of Fires Leaves Neighborhood Worried About Homes

By: Dale Johnson, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Dale Johnson, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/6/14 @ 9:40 a.m.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A string of fires in one town has left the people who live there worried about their homes.

Five fires have broken out within a five mile radius since Saturday in Sissonville, two of them late Wednesday night into Thursday morning only hundreds of feet apart.

Wednesday night around eleven o'clock, a vacant home caught fire and burned to the ground, hours later another home hundreds of feet away went up in flames.

The second home was at 72 Plantation Road.

That home was destroyed. Neighbors say the family who lives in the home was on vacation.

“I'm scared,” Taylor Sisson says. “I wasn't sure if they were home yet and when I called to get a hold of them there was no answer then I started to panic.”

She lives a couple of houses down from where the fire happened.

“It’s terrifying,” Sisson says. “I know I don’t want to go anywhere and come home to nothing.”

Assistant Fire Marshal Shawn Alderman says situations like these do heighten anxiety for people in the area.

“When that kind of thing happens, conventional wisdom tells you that there’s a good chance those fires could be related,” says Alderman.

The first fire broke out Saturday morning at a vacant home at 49 Grand Cliff Lane.

Two days later another fire started at an occupied home on Jim Derrick Road.

Tuesday night, another home went up in flames on the 5300 block of Sissonville Drive.

Alderman says all of the fires are being investigated to see if they are somehow connected.

A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a person responsible.

If you have any information about the fires you are asked to call 1-800-233-FIRE.

ORIGINAL STORY 8/7/14

SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two separate fires destroy two homes that were on the same road in Kanawha County.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com that the first fire started around 11 p.m. Wednesday night at a trailer on 23 Plantation Road.

The trailer was a fully-involved structure fire when firefighters arrived on the scene.

No one was injured from the fire and dispatchers say there was no one living there at the time.

The second fire started around 4:30 a.m. at a home on 72 Plantation Road, just down the road from the previous house fire.

Neighbors witnessed the flames and called 911.

The home was destroyed by the fire.

Dispatchers say no one was home at that residence.

It is not known at this time if these fires are related.

The Fire Marshal is investigating both of these fires.

There have now been five structure fires in Sissonville since Saturday.


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