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Mother, son escape Huntington house fire

May. 01, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- No one was injured Tuesday evening when the bedroom in the second story of a home in the 700 block of 3rd Street West in Huntington caught fire.

The fire began just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Cabell County 911 dispatcher reports.

The house was being rented by Barbara Moore, who lives there with her 16-year-old son.

She said she had finished preparing dinner, and the duo was outside with their cat when the fire started.

"We came inside to eat dinner, and I could smell what seemed like something electrical burning," Moore said. "We went upstairs to see what it was, but we were already too late."

Moore said a neighbor told them there were flames coming out of the house, and they were able to get out safely. She said she thought her cat escaped, but they were having difficulty locating him Tuesday evening.

Moore wasn't sure what sparked the fire, but she said she had noticed the lights in her kitchen flickering on and off while she was preparing dinner before the fire started.

Deputy Huntington Fire Chief Ralph Rider said the bedroom in which the fire occurred was destroyed and the rest of the home sustained a lot of smoke and water damage. Firefighter were able to contain the fire to that bedroom before extinguishing it.

It was unclear to fire fighters what caused the blaze, Rider said.

In a separate incident earlier Tuesday afternoon, a fire was extinguished at a structure in the 1600 block of 9th Avenue.

The Huntington Fire Department quickly arrived on scene, noticed light smoke and advised the fire was out within minutes.

Reports indicate the incident involved a kitchen at the address.

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