UPDATE: Home catches fire for 2nd time in months

UPDATE: 12/7/15 @ 11:20 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For the second time in a matter of months, the same home on 27th Street in Huntington has been damaged by fire.

The previous fire, which happened on August 10, was ruled arson. The latest fire is now being called suspicious.

Flames broke out about 1:30 a.m. Monday, according to Huntington firefighters. It was a rude awakening for the residents who live next door.

"We obviously saw the red and orange flames through the windows," Hannah Foreman said. "So, we came out and talked with some other neighbors and obviously saw how just terrible of a situation it was."

Firefighters say the fire was intense, and even charred the homes next door.

"There was about 20-foot flames coming out of the roof, and it was fully involved," Huntington Fire Department Deputy Chief Brian Grieco said. "The guys got inside, and got it knocked down. Ended up saving both sides of the structure. They really did a phenomenal job keeping this fire to just the original building."

Residents say their biggest fear was the flames spreading to nearby homes.

"We were very worried seeing as how close these houses are together," Foreman said. "It's just a miracle of God that we were all safe, and I think {firefighters} did get a lady safely out of the other house. It's just a really good conclusion to a bad situation."

Foreman and other neighbors say they're frustrated the home wasn't demolished after the previous fire in August.

"It was already burnt, and they ruled it arson," Foreman said. "So, I really hope they can kind of conclude this and tear it down for the safety of the city."

ORIGINAL STORY 12/7/15 @ 3:57 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.VA. (WSAZ) -- Three homes were damaged by a fire early Monday morning in the Highlawn area of Huntington.

Firefighters tell WSAZ the fire broke out at a home along 27th St. near La Tulle Ave. about 1:30. The same house burned on August 10. That fire was ruled arson.

Monday morning's fire damaged a home on each side and forced firefighters to get one woman out of her apartment. No one was injured.

The damage to the other homes was limited. A Huntington Deputy Fire Chief credited crews with quickly containing the fire, keeping other homes from sustaining further damage.

The West Virginia Fire Marshal has been called to the scene.

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