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Reported bathroom fire snarls U.S. 60 traffic

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 07:49 AM

HUNTINGTON — A reported bathroom fire at a motel-turned-apartment building has become a major traffic issue for motorists traveling U.S. 60 east of Huntington.

Cabell County 911 received word of the fire at 7:36 a.m. Friday. It occurred at an apartment building once known as the Travelers Motel located in the 4500 block of U.S. 60 near West Pea Ridge Road.

Barboursville Volunteer Fire Chief Phil Kincaid said the unit’s tenant had used fire extinguishers to put out the blaze by the time firefighters arrived on scene. Those arriving then extinguished remaining hot spots.

The fire was contained to a bathroom within the unit. There was initial concern about entrapment, however Kincaid said no injuries were reported.

The fire’s small size, combined with the tenant’s response, prevented firefighters from having to stretch water hoses across U.S. 60, Kincaid said. That would have caused a much worse traffic situation.

Kincaid credited the nearby Huntington Fire Department with arriving on scene a short time before his Barboursville crew. He sought help from the city due to the large number of calls dispatchers initially received.

Crews had at least one lane of U.S. 60 open in both directions shortly after 8 a.m. Other lanes were closed as crews needed to park fire trucks and other necessary equipment on the heavily traveled roadway.

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