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UPDATE: Fatal fire in St. Albans ruled accidental

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Published: Apr. 7, 2016 at 2:11 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/8/16 @ 11 a.m.

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Firefighters say the fatal fire in St. Albans has been ruled accidental.

The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. Thursday on Kasick Drive.

One person died in the fire. The person's name has not been released.

County Emergency Officer C.W. Sigman says there was another fatal fire, right next door to where Thursday's fire took place, in July 2014.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshals Office says the fire appears to be smoking related.

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UPDATE 4/8/16 @ 12:05 a.m.

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fire crews are investigating the cause of an explosive house fire that turned deadly.

Kanawha County Emergency officials confirmed that one person died in a fire on Kasick Drive in St. Albans, Thursday.

Emergency officials say it is the first fatal fire in Kanawha County so far this year.

However, neighbors on the block say they are becoming all to familiar with fire fatalities.

"It's just like the fire that happened [in 2014]," neighbor Amanda Byus said. "It's devastating every time it happens."

County Emergency Officer C.W. Sigman says there was another fatal fire, right next door to where Thursday's fire took place, in July 2014.

"We had a big rash of fires in this area," Sigman said. "Five, six, seven fire fatalities in a short period of time close by here."

Emergency officials say smoke detector handouts have bucked the trend, for the most part.

But, Byus says, a pattern of devastation makes it hard to keep things in perspective.

"You don't want to become numb to it," Byus said.

Sigman says fire crews were on another nearby call when the fire started.

Crews were on MacCorkle Avenue, a few blocks away, responding to a car that had hit a utility pole.

Emergency officials say there were several reports of power outage issues at that time and while fire crews were with the vehicle, they saw the smoke from Kasick Drive for the first time.

Emergency officials say it is not clear whether or not these power issues had anything to do with how the fire started. But, they say, investigators plan on looking into all possibilities.

County Emergency officials say, while it sounded as though ammunition was going off inside the house during the fire, it is not clear if that is what those blasts actually were.


UPDATE 4/7/16 @ 2:45 p.m.

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Firefighters are on the scene of a fire in St. Albans where one person has died.

The fire was reported about 1:30 p.m. on Cunningham Street near the intersection with Benedict Circle.

Kanawha County Emergency Director C.W. Sigman tells WSAZ one person has died in the fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene flames were shooting from the home.

Neighbors say they heard several explosions.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is on the scene investigating the fire.

We have a crew at the scene.

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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews are on the scene of a house fire in St. Albans.

The fire is on Cunningham Street near the intersection with Benedict Circle. It was reported just before 1:30 Thursday.

Initial reports indicated possible entrapment. Neighbors say they heard several explosions.

We have a crew at the scene.

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