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Two homes destroyed in Milton area fires

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

MILTON -- Firefighters responded to separate early morning fires in the Milton area Saturday.

The fires were reported within four hours of each other, making for a busy night for emergency responders with the Milton Fire Department, said Capt. Fred Shiltz.

The first fire was reported just before midnight at a mobile home in the 9300 block of Cooper Ridge Road. Shiltz said the fire was fully involved when fire crews arrived on the scene. The homeowner and his daughter were at the home when the fire began, but they were able to escape.

Shiltz said the man did suffer from smoke inhalation after trying to go back into the home and retrieve personal belongings, but he was treated at the scene by Cabell County EMS medical personnel.

It appeared the fire started in one of the bedrooms in the home, which was destroyed in the fire, Shiltz said.

The second fire was reported at 4 a.m. at a home in the 2300 block of Dudley Gap Road, and that home also was a total loss, Shiltz said.

There was no one living in that home, which is a rental property, at the time of the fire, and Shiltz said it is being investigated for arson by the state fire marshal's office.

No one was injured during the second fire, which marked the end of a busy night for fire fighters.

"A night like that is tough for our guys," said Shiltz. "Most of the volunteer firefighters are up during the day at their regular jobs, and that makes it tough to be spending a whole night fighting two large fires. It can be hard.

"More than anything, I think we hate there were two homes lost in Milton."

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