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UPDATE: Elderly Man Killed in House Fire, Cause Undetermined

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

UPDATE 7/22/13 @ 11:15 a.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Due to the severity of a fire that killed an elderly man in Mason County last week, we will never know the cause.

Dallas Chapman died when his home caught fire last Friday around 10 a.m. on Whitten Ridge in Mason County.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office says the cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined due to the home being destroyed.

Family members say Chapman turned on his propane tank shortly before the fire started.

Chapman was in his mid-80s.



UPDATE 7/19/13 @ 6:12 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family members tell WSAZ.com that Dallas Chapman is the man who died inside his Mason County home Friday morning.

It burst into flames shortly after 10 a.m..

"He is a really good guy, he didn't bother nobody, he went to church every Sunday, every Wednesday he helped anybody he can, he loved his grandkids," Pearce said.

His grandkids and his own children tried to go inside the home on Whitten Ridge, which is near Milton, to save his life.

"He went out to turn a propane tank on and I saw fire coming out and I said Paw Paw get out of the house, he couldn't hear me, Pearce said, "Me and my sisters boyfriend went back to get him out."

Pearce says she isn't sure what her grandfather was doing with the small propane tank but says the fire started in the back part of the home.

"There were propane tanks in the structure, and to say they were involved in the fire at this point in time is too preliminary," Hartley explained.

Many people in this part of Mason County use massive propane tanks to heat their homes.

Hartley did say that all propane tanks should be inspected regularly, the fittings are properly taken care of and that the unit is up to code.

UPDATE 7/19/13 @ 12:41 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Family members rushed into a burning home to save the man inside, but investigators say he did not survive.

The fire happened around 10:10 a.m. in the 1100 block of Whitten Ridge in Mason County, West Virginia.

Family members tell WSAZ.com Dallas Chapman, 84, died in the fire.

Corporal Forrest Terry with the Mason County Sheriff's Office says family members tried to save Chapman.

Captain Charlie Stearns with the Mason County Sheriff's Office says a propane tank caught on fire, and the fire spread to the home.

Several crews responded to the scene, including the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office.

Crews on the scene tell WSAZ.com that firefighters were overcome by heat while fighting the fire. They had to be treated on the scene, but are ok.

We have a crew on the scene.

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



ORIGINAL STORY 7/19/13 @ 11:07 a.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person has died in a house fire in Mason County.

Dispatchers say the fire was reported around 10:10 a.m. in the 1100 block of Whitten Ridge in Mason County.

Corporal Forrest Terry with the Mason County Sheriff's Office tells WSAZ.com says the victim is a man. His name has not been released at this time.

Captain Charlie Stearns with the Mason County Sheriff's Office says a propane tank exploded, catching the home on fire.

Stearns tells WSAZ.com that it has been reported that an 84-year-old man lived in the house.

Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Point Pleasant Fire Department, Milton Fire Department, and the Mason County Sheriff's Office is on scene.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office has also been called to the scene.

We have a crew headed that way.

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


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