UPDATE: Fire destroys Huntington home

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UPDATE 1/26/15 @ 1:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A house is destroyed after a fire in the 700 block of Buffington St. in the Guyandotte area of Huntington early Tuesday morning.

One neighbor tells WSAZ he was getting ready to leave for work around 4:30 a.m. when he saw smoke pouring from the home. The neighbor tried desperately to call the man that lives there.

"I was praying to the man above that he wasn't in there," said Johnathan Monday. "I kept ringing his cell phone off the hook to see if I could hear it ringing in the house and thank God, on the third time he answered and said, 'Bubba, I'm down at the High Rise in bed.' And I'm like, 'I don't mean to wake you up, but you need to get down here man. Your house is on fire.'"

The man who lives in the house was not at home while the fire was raging inside.

"I come around the corner and seen the flames shooting above the roof of that brick house behind us," said Monday. "I thought it was going to take the one next to it down. It was bad. One of the worst ones I've seen in a long time."

Monday said the home owner's dog did not make it out, but other neighbors recently told WSAZ the dog did make it out alive.

Monday said fire crews were quick to respond.

Officials with the Huntington Fire Department said no one was injured during the fire but one firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Crews were at the scene for more than an hour.

"It was quite a bit a task for them at first but once the other guys got here, the crews, it went out pretty quick," said Deputy Chief Randy Ellis.

Ellis said the home is a total loss. Monday said it was difficult to only be able to watch as the house was destroyed.

"It's kind of terrible in a way cause you know you want to help so bad and you can't cause 'til they get done and everything's settled, there's not much anybody can do," said Monday.

Though Monday said it could have been much worse, he said he is devastated for his friend and plans to help him in any way possible.

"He's a good guy, man," said Monday. "He helps everybody out -- one of the best people you would want to meet."

Monday said the fire also damaged some power lines. AEP was at the scene after the fire was out.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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UPDATE 1/26/15 @ 11:40 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A house is destroyed after a fire in the 700 block of Buffington St. in the Guyandotte area of Huntington early Tuesday morning.

One neighbor tells WSAZ he was getting ready to leave for work around 4:30 a.m. when he saw smoke pouring from the home. The neighbor tried desperately to call the man that lives there.

"I was praying to the man above that he wasn't in there," said Johnathan Monday. "I kept ringing his cell phone off the hook to see if I could hear it ringing in the house and thank God, on the third time he answered and said, 'Bubba, I'm down at the High Rise in bed.' And I'm like, 'I don't mean to wake you up, but you need to get down here man. Your house is on fire.'"

The man who lives in the house was not at home while the fire was raging inside.

"I come around the corner and seen the flames shooting above the roof of that brick house behind us," said Monday. "I thought it was going to take the one next to it down. It was bad. One of the worst ones I've seen in a long time."

Monday said the home owner's dog didn't make it out and likely died in the fire.

He said fire crews were quick to respond.

Officials with the Huntington Fire Department said no one was injured during the fire but one firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Crews were at the scene for more than an hour.

"It was quite a bit a task for them at first but once the other guys got here, the crews, it went out pretty quick," said Deputy Chief Randy Ellis.

Ellis said the home is a total loss. Monday said it was difficult to only be able to watch as the house was destroyed.

"It's kind of terrible in a way cause you know you want to help so bad and you can't cause 'til they get done and everything's settled, there's not much anybody can do," said Monday.

Though Monday said it could have been much worse, he said he is devastated for his friend and plans to help him in any way possible.

"He's a good guy, man," said Monday. "He helps everybody out -- one of the best people you would want to meet."

Monday said the fire also damaged some power lines. AEP was at the scene after the fire was out.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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UPDATE 1/26/15 @ 6:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A house fire in the 700 block of Buffington St. in the Guyandotte area of Huntington is now under control.

One neighbor tells WSAZ he was getting ready to leave for work when he saw smoke pouring from the home. The neighbor tried desperately to call the man that lives there.

Eventually he was able to reach the homeowner but he was not at the house while the fire was raging inside.

Officials with the Huntington Fire Department say no one was injured during the fire but one firefighter was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Fire crews say the home is a total loss and it is likely a dog inside the home died from the fire.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/26/15 @ 5:30 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Huntington Fire Department is on the scene of a house fire.

The fire started about 4:45 Tuesday morning in the 700 block of Buffington St. in the Guyandotte area of Huntington.

There's no word if anyone was inside when the fire started.

Fire crews on scene say the house next door is at risk of catching fire, too.

We have a crew headed to the scene.

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