UPDATE: Name Released in St. Albans Fatal Fire

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person was killed in an early morning fire in St Albans.

The fire started around 5 a.m. Sunday morning at a home in the 2500 block of Washington Avenue.

Kanawha County Dispatchers confirm that Gwendolyn Salton, 53, died inside the residence. Right now, investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office do not have a cause for the fire.

Neighbors tell WSAZ that Salton lived in the home with her brother. Thankfully, her brother was not home at the time.

One woman found out about the fire when emergency crews came to her door.

"The policeman came and he was literally pounding on the door and he said, 'i need you to get up and get out,'" said Joy Riley.

A neighbor reported the fire and crews were at the home in less than three minutes; however, it is unknown how long the fire had been burning prior to the call.

One firefighter was hurt in the fire, suffering a minor shoulder injury.

This is the third fatality in a fire in Saint Albans this week. Paul D. Wilson, 59, and Lisa Dillon, 50, were killed July 30th when their home caught fire.

"We have several younger guys and I think these last few days have been a little wake up call for them just how things can be here," said Saint Albans Fire Captain Dwight Pettry.

Counselors have been available for firefighters.


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