Lincoln County Brush Fire Damages Home

By: Alex Snyder Email
By: Alex Snyder Email

LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Lorene Price was trying to get rid of some trash.

"Yeah I was just burning some empty pop cartons and one cardboard box," said Price, who accidentally started a brush fire near her home.

But the flame she was lighting was too close to the brush by her house and the fire raged out of control.

"I get nervous -- I panic," said Price.

The fire burned up a hillside and came so close to Price’s house that the siding was melting away.

By then the Morrisvale Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene and calling the Division of Forestry for backup.

"They've said that it's already crossed over the top of the mountain, crossed over the ridge and it's still burning," said Sally Songer, who lives near the fire.

Flames were just up the hill from where Songer lives, and she had to jump into action to protect her home.

"Oh yeah, the flames, they've come all down here on my land and all right here. And the forester guy, he stopped and had us take a rake and go up there and start raking off our road that goes up on top of the mountain to try to stop it from coming to our house," Songer said.

The fire ended up burning more than 100 acres, and Lorene Price ended up learning a hard lesson.

"I'll know better the next time -- if it's windy, no fires,” Price said.

Brush fires were reported in many other parts of the region, including Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia.

Among the areas affected in Cabell County were along Eden Branch Road in the Barboursville area. A homeowner said he was trying to burn a television box that he shredded when some leaves caught fire and it quickly got out of control.

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