1 am: 65°FClear

3 am: 63°FMostly Cloudy

5 am: 62°FCloudy

7 am: 63°FMostly Cloudy

More Weather

Extension cord blamed for fatal fire

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Investigators believe an overloaded extension cord likely ignited a weekend fire that killed a man in Huntington.

The incident happened shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Madison Avenue. Firefighters found the victim, Joseph Martin, unconscious in a second-floor hallway.

Huntington Fire Chief Carl Eastham said Monday investigators had pinpointed the fire's origin to an extension cord located underneath a living room couch.

Investigators believe the cord was overloaded, creating excess heat. Its close proximity to the couch made it easier to ignite, Eastham said. He noted it should serve as a reminder not to use lightweight extension cords.

Martin, 87, was pronounced dead at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He was a World War II Navy vet. He worked at the Nickel Plant and ACF before retiring from the U.S. Postal Service.

Huntington Fire Capt. John Sang also received a second-degree burn to his hand in fighting the blaze. He also was hospitalized, but later released. It's expected he will be off for a week to 10 days.

Martin lived at the residence with a son, who was not home at the time of the fire.

Follow Curtis Johnson via Twitter @curtisjohnsonHD and http://facebook.com/curtisjohnsonHD.



The Herald-Dispatch welcomes your comments on this article, but please be civil. Avoid profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, accusations of criminal activity, name-calling or insults to the other posters. Herald-dispatch.com does not control or monitor comments as they are posted, but if you find a comment offensive or uncivil, hover your mouse over the comment and click the X that appears in the upper right of the comment. If you do not want your comment to post to your personal Facebook page, uncheck the box below the comment.