UPDATE 4/18/14 @ 4:05 p.m.
CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors are concerned about the lack of fire hydrants in their neighborhood after a massive fire ripped through a home in Clendenin.
One neighbor, Elizabeth Bolyard, says the scene Friday morning at the house next door was terrifying. "Opened the front door and I could feel the heat. When I got outside, it hadn't broken through the roof yet. There was a big boom and then the roof blew. After that, the flames just went everywhere." Bolyard says what's even more scary, is the thought that it could have been much worse and easily spread to her home nearby. "We just know if there's a fire, we're gonna lose our homes."
That's because, Bolyard says there's not enough fire hydrants in their rural community on Liberty Drive. Firefighters had to use two engines full of water, plus drag two thousand feet of hose up a hill just to fight the flames. The closest fire hydrant was over a half mile from the home.
Frank Kirk with The Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department says, "the water supply coming up the hill here is not the greatest, so we had to lay a line about 2,000 foot off the hill to get water supply up here." Bolyard, watching the firefighters battle the fire says, "it was scary there for awhile, they couldn't get water up here. They had some water, but it took awhile, as you see this yellow line, it took awhile to get this big line up here." She says neighbors were promised more fire hydrants when more homes were built. She says this hasn't happened, though.
The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, yet. The home was for sale, but no one was living in it. Firefighters say both the gas and electric were turned on. The cost of damage is around 350 thousand dollars.
Dispatchers say it started about 5:45 a.m. Friday at a house in the 100 block of Liberty Drive.
At one point firefighters ran out of water as they worked to extinguish the flames, though they managed to restore it quickly.
It's unknown if anyone was home when the fire started, but WSAZ.com has learned that the house was up for sale.
We have a crew on the scene.
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