West Virginia Building Scare

By: Paul Gessler Email
By: Paul Gessler Email

In Huntington on Saturday, there was a fire scare at another Huntington apartment building. It was just a month ago that nine people died when the Emmons Jr. apartments caught on fire. On Saturday, firefighters got called out to the city's tallest apartment building.

Huntington's tallest high-rise: the West Virginia Building. It was the site of a false alarm, and it has many people thankful it wasn't serious.

People like John Anfonso. He has only been in America three weeks, and all three weeks, he has lived on the eighth floor of the building.

“I called my family when this was happening and somebody told me there's nothing happening,” said Anfonso.

Still, firefighters weren't taking any chances, especially just one month after the deadliest apartment fire the city has ever seen.

It was a feeling of safety coupled with a feeling of anxiety.

Firefighters say they've responded to the laundry duct before. They say someone at Pullman Square called in steam this afternoon. Meanwhile, fundraising continues for Emmons apartment victims. Chili Willi's will host a chili cook-off tomorrow from noon to five. There will also be a NASCAR raffle to raise money for those displaced.

West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller proposed a bill earlier this week that would make installing sprinklers easier. Current laws allow property owners who install sprinklers in old buildings to recover their costs over a period of 27 to 39 years.


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