UPDATE: Cause of Apartment Building Fire Angers Residents

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 8/18/14 @ 11 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An apartment fire Monday morning had residents running from the building, but also had them mad about how it started.

About 5:30 a.m. Monday, Huntington firefighters were called to the Flats apartments in the 600 block of 6th Avenue concerning a flaming item that had been thrown out a window.

When the Fire Marshal arrived at the apartments, he found seven homeless people living in a vacant apartment.

Police were called and the homeless were forced to leave the building.

About an hour later, fire crews were called back to the building after flames were seen shooting out the windows of the apartment where the homeless had been.

Huntington's Fire Marshal says on the second call they found a couch on fire in the vacant apartment.

The building was evacuated due to smoke throughout the structure.

Kathy Lewis is glad her cats are safe and belongings aren't damaged, but she is upset because she feels the fire was intentionally set.

“It just frustrates me because I was just waiting for this to happen. Its retaliation because my landlord has told them several times to stay out of there and they won't stay out. What are we supposed to do? We can't no help from anybody."

Huntington Police have arrested two women and charged them with trespassing at this time. The fire is still under investigation.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/18/14 @ 6:51 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fire crews are on the scene of an apartment building fire.

The fire started at 6:21 a.m. Monday at The Flats apartment building on the 600 block of 6th Avenue.

The fire chief in Huntington says there is smoke in the building -- and flames on the second floor.

WSAZ.com was told almost everyone is out of the building -- although right now -- crews are searching for one person who is unaccounted for.

We have a crew on the scene. Be sure to click back at WSAZ.com for more information on this developing story.


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