UPDATE | Family reacts after fire destroys two homes
The Fire Marshal was unable to fully investigate a fire that destroyed two homes on Charleston's West Side because the roof collapsed.
The home in the 1000 block of Red Oak Street where the fire started was built in the 1800s by members of the same family that owns it today.
"I hate to see it go because of the memories," David Marshall said. "It's a house, but a house means so much more because of the memories it creates. A house is a structure, but a home is family."
Marshall said the house was a gathering place for his family. He will savor the memories and is thankful no one was hurt in the fire.
"It's sad to see it go," Marshall said. "But the memories will stay."
The fire spread and destroyed the neighboring house where a relative lived.
"They had to get on top of the roof and chainsaw it open and everything to get all of the smoke out," neighbor Tiffani Oakley said. "That house is ruined."
Oakley could see the smoke from across the river in the South Hills. She said this is one of the nicest parts of the West Side but there have been multiple fires in the past few months.
"I'd say they need to get that figured out," Oakley said. "There have been a lot of fires recently, more than likely there is going to be another one, so the faster they can get this one figured out, the more they can do to prevent the others that will happen."
A house in the 1000 block of Red Oak Street went up in flames Sunday night around 8:45 on Charleston's west side, spreading to a neighboring home.
Officials tell us no one was in either home and there were no injuries.
A woman lives in the second home that caught fire, but is currently in the hospital.
A neighbor tells us she saw smoke billowing out of the house and called 911. She said that smoke quickly turned to flames.
Firefighters on scene tell us both homes were fully engulfed when they arrived. The roof of the first home collapsed.
Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.
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Firefighters are on scene in Charleston working on two different houses that are on fire in the 1000 block of Red Oak Street.
Everyone inside both homes are accounted for.
The roof of the one homes collapsed.
Firefighters are still unsure what caused the fire.
Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.
Firefighters are fighting a fire impacting two homes on Charleston's west side.
The fire was reported just before 8:45 Sunday evening on the 1000 block of Red Oak Street.
Dispatchers say it is unclear if anyone lives in the two homes that are on fire or if any injuries have been reported.
Heavy smoke can be seen billowing up in the air from our weather camera that overlooks Charleston.
WSAZ has a crew headed to the scene.
Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.