UPDATE: House Fire Ruled Arson; Two Rescued From Upstairs Apartment

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UPDATE 12/28/14 @ 1:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators say arson was the cause of a fire in Charleston at a home where two people were rescued.

Firefighters say the fire was set on the front porch, trapping a man and woman inside. Charleston Police have interviewed a suspect about the arson, but no charges have been filed.

The fire happened around 4:30 Sunday morning in the 200 block of Delaware Avenue. The house was a recently renovated two-story building with two separate apartments.

A woman who lived in the bottom apartment was found dead on Friday. Neighbors say she may have died from natural causes.

Two people living in the upstairs apartment were trapped inside when the house went up in flames. Charleston Fire Department Asst. Chief Tim Rowe, says the man had to be carried down the stairs and firefighters helped the woman get out of the burning house as well. The victims were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation but are expected to be okay.

The house had working smoke detectors, but because the fire started on the front porch, the victims had no way out. Asst. Chief Rowe says, "they couldn't get out because of the smoke and the flames. They used a hose line to keep the fire and two rescue company guys and two engine company guys got the people down from upstairs."

Firefighters Patrick Beets and Freddie Perdue went inside the burning home to rescue the victims. Crews worked to quickly put out a large portion of the fire on the front porch so Beets and Perdue could go upstairs to save the man and woman. Beets suffered a minor injury but is back at work.

Firefighters Aaron Hartleaven, Linc Symms, and Rick Cottrell also assisted in the rescue. Asst. Chief Rowe says Charleston Fire Department Station 2 is located near the scene of the fire. He says the close proximity and availability of multiple fire crews are the reasons the victims are still alive. He says, "it's very frustrating that someone could have intentionally done that and caused all those lives to be in danger during this fire."



ORIGINAL STORY 12/86/14
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people were resuced by Charleston Fire Fighters after a house fire early Sunday morning.

The fire happened around 4:30 in the morning at a home in the 200 block of Deleware Avenue.

Charleston Fire Fighters were able to rescue two people trapped inside the home.

No word on how the fire started or the condition of those people. The fire fighters were not hurt.

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