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House burns in West End

Mar. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- As Don McCloud took in the sight of his scorched residence in the 3800 block of Chase Street on Saturday evening, he said he wasn't worried about the home.

"When I think about all of that stuff, I'm not worried about it," McCloud said. "I know I can start all over."

Instead, he said he was concerned about his niece and nephew, and the six dogs who lived at the residence with him.

The home caught fire just after 6 p.m., and McCloud, his niece and nephew were away when the fire started, he said. Their dogs were home, but McCloud said the animals were able to break out when the fire started.

A neighbor saw smoke coming from the front of the home, which is where McCloud's bedroom is located, and called 911.

Huntington Fire Deputy Chief Ralph Rider said the fire was fully involved when crews arrived to the scene, but he said a cause had not been identified as of Saturday night.

No one was injured in the blaze.

What struck McCloud was the fact that, just before he left his home to enjoy the 60-degree weather, he says he had turned off and unplugged all of the electric heaters he used to warm the home, which he has rented for the past three years.

The fire was so large that smoke from it was sucked into the ventilation system at nearby Vinson Middle School, causing the fire alarm there to go off, according to Cabell County 911 dispatcher reports.

No damage was reported at the school.