UPDATE: Two Fires in Boone Still Under Investigation

By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Cathleen Moxley, Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 5/9/13 @ 2:45 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two fires in one neighborhood in Boone County are still raising questions.

The State Fire Marshal's Office spent Thursday in Ottawa.

The first fire broke out about midnight Wednesday at a mobile home on Ebony Lane. Investigators aren't sure what started the fire yet, but they aren't ruling out arson.

The second fire happened a few hours later, only a half mile away.

Investigators say the cause of that fire is undetermined, but it appears accidental.

Both homes were destroyed.

No one was hurt.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE: 5/8/13 @ 6:25 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two homes in the same neighborhood, were destroyed by two separate fires -- just hours apart.

The first fire broke out on Ebony lane in Ottawa about 12:00 a.m. The mobile home was destroyed.

Then, about 4:30 a.m. -- a home on Highland Avenue, also in Ottawa, was destroyed by fir.

Joe Backus knows the home of the second fire well. It's the house he grew up in.

“It breaks my heart, really,” Backus said. “I've got a lot of good memories in this house.”

He now lives next door with his wife, Libby Dent.

“I looked out the window and the house was in flames,” Dent said.

Dent looked out their now cracked window and realized what a close call this was for their family.

“When we jumped off the porch, the power lines sizzled,” she said.

With the flames too big for firefighters, Backus took matters into his own hands.

“My husband had the water hose trying to put it out,” Dent said. “It was so hot he couldn't stand it. It was terrible.”

“It's really bad,” Daffenie Workman, who owns the home of the first fire, said.

Workman’s trailer caught fire just a few hours earlier.

“I don't feel it was an accident. I feel it was straight up arson,” Workman said.

Workman wasn't home at the time of the fire, but says she has an idea who's responsible.

WSAZ.com is not releasing who that person is, because nobody has been charged.

As for the other house, the man who was living here is in jail.

It's up to investigators to decide whether the two fires are related.

In the meantime, there are two people with no place to call home.

“I don't know where this man's gonna go. I really don't,” Dent said.

“I'm rebuilding here no matter what,” Workman said. “They're not running me from my own home.”

The West Virginia state fire marshal’s office is investigating the fires.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two separate fires destroyed two homes in Boone County.

The first broke out about midnight Wednesday at a trailer in Ottawa.

The second one destroyed a home on Highland Avenue in Ottawa about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com, no one was hurt in either fire.

The State Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to see what started the fires.

We have a crew in Boone County. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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