UPDATE: Fire Destroys Former Shipyard Warehouse in Point Pleasant

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UPDATE 7/27/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crews in Point Pleasant were out battling a fire for nearly five hours overnight.

The fire started about 3 a.m. Friday at the old Marietta Shipyard Warehouse along Marietta Street. Several departments were called out to battle the fire. No injuries were reported and they are still working on a cause.

This is the second fire to break out at the old shipyard in the exact same building in the last month. Fires are causing major loss and even more frustration.

“There's no electric or utilities to the building, so our first thoughts is an arson fire," Point Pleasant Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Bryant said. "We have no reason to believe anything else.”

And the chief is taking prisoners. He says whoever is setting these fires is endangering lives.

“The problem is I put 25 firefighters' lives on the line here fighting this fire, and even though no one was here working, we still had people here,” Bryant said.

“I don't know if this is a hate crime because I'm born in another country or if someone is angry because they didn't do their job well and we had to fire them,” Juan Nino said.

Nino is the manager of a small business operating out of the affected building. He works for a company based in Argentina that takes a product stored at the Point Pleasant building that tans leather. They re-package it and ship it around the world. He says he's the one suffering the most.

“I'm losing money like crazy,” Nino said.

“There's nothing funny about arson," Bryant said. "We have a policy we like to prosecute to the fullest, and we have asked the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office to come in, and they will be investigating."

“I know someone knows something, and I hope they have the courage and community responsibility to speak up,” Nino said.

Fire investigators plan to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to investigate.

If you know anything that may lead to the person responsible for setting the fires, you're asked to call the West Virginia Arson Hotline at 1-800-233-3473.



UPDATE 7/27/12 @ 7:40 a.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fire that engulfed the old Marietta Shipyard Warehouse in Point Pleasant is now under control.

Dispatchers say the fire in the 2300 block of Marietta Street was reported about 3 a.m. Friday.

Multiple fire departments were called to scene to help get the fire out.

The fire was brought under control about 7 a.m.

There are no reports of injuries. Right now no word on how the fire started.

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ORIGINAL STORY 7/27/12 @6:52 a.m.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire at the old Marietta Shipyard Warehouse in Point Pleasant.

It started about 3 a.m. Friday on the 2300 block of Marietta Street.

The building is engulfed in flames and multiple fire departments are on the scene trying to put them out.

There are no reports of any injuries as a result of the fire.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



 
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