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UPDATE: Ripley House Fire Ruled Arson

By: Brooks Jarosz; Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Brooks Jarosz; Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 1/23/12 @ 10:30 a.m.
RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A suspicious house fire has been ruled arson, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Firefighters say the blaze broke out at a home along Bridge Street in Ripley late Sunday night.

State Fire Marshals were on the scene of the fire again Tuesday and determined the home was intentionally set on fire. Signs have been posted on the home offering a reward to anyone with information.

No one was living in the home at the time. The owner tells WSAZ.com he was trying to fix up the place. The home had been a rental property until about a month ago.

Flames tore through the home and could be seen from the Ripley fire station across the street.

Extra manpower was called in as the bitter cold brought about other challenges like hypothermia.

If you know anything, call the arson hotline at 1-800-233-3473. There is up to a $5,000 reward.

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UPDATE 1/21/13 @ 9:30 p.m.
RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A dramatic fire destroyed a home in Jackson County, and investigators say it may not have been an accident.

Despite some burning suspicions, neighbors are breathing a sigh of relief because there were fears the fire could spread to nearby homes.

It started just after 10 p.m. Sunday. It broke out at a home along Bridge Street.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, and the State Fire Marshal's Office is considering the case suspicious.

Neighbors recall seeing the flames spread quickly.

"I came around here, and all I saw was just a tiny bit of flame and it looked like it could have been controlled," neighbor Robert McCune said. "Clearly it started in the back and took off like you wouldn't believe."

Firefighters in Ripley got the call and saw the glow before ever rolling out, since the home on fire was directly across the street from the station.

"We kind of blitzed it there with our deck guns and knocked it down," Fire Chief Richard Gobble said. "We were dealing with icy conditions."

Extra manpower were called in as the bitter cold brought about other challenges like hypothermia.

Kids and parents in the neighborhood took to their cell phones -- taking pictures that has left them in awe.

"I was watching TV, and me and my dad smelled a burning smell," Lakisha Archer said. "We came outside and the whole house was on fire. I was shocked, really shocked."

The lingering question is why since no one lived there. The property owner says it's a rental property that he's trying to fix up.

Firefighters were forced to evacuate several homes for fear the flames would spread, given the wind and weather.

The home was destroyed, despite icicles and a charred skeleton structure left behind.

State Fire Marshals plan to be back on scene Tuesday morning to investigate the cause. So far, it's considered undetermined.

If you have any information about this suspicious fire, call the arson hotline at 1-800-233-3473.

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UPDATE 1/21/13 @ 12 p.m.
RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fire that destroyed a home in Ripley may not have been an accident.

It started about 10:15 p.m. Sunday on South Maple Street in Ripley.

Firefighters say no one was living at the home at the time of the fire.

Investigators say right now the cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined, but they are considering it suspicious.

Firefighters say the home is a total loss.

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UPDATE 1/21/13 @ 4 a.m.
RIPLEY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Jackson County, W. Va. emergency dispatchers tell WSAZ.com crews have finished working at the scene of a house fire.

It started about 10:15 p.m. Sunday on South Maple Street in Ripley. Firefighters say the home is located across the street from the fire department.

Firefighters tell WSAZ.com no one was home when the fire broke out.

Several other departments have been called to the scene to help out.

Firefighters say the home has been badly damaged.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/20/13 @ 11 p.m.
RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews are on the scene of a house fire in Jackson County, W.Va.

It started about 10:15 p.m. Sunday on South Maple Street in Ripley. Firefighters say the home is located across the street from the fire department.

Firefighters tell WSAZ.com no one was home when the fire broke out.

Several other departments have been called to the scene to help out.

Firefighters say the home has been badly damaged.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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