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State investigates Culloden fire

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CULLODEN -- Flames destroyed the majority of a vacant house early Wednesday in Culloden.

Cabell County 911 received word of the incident at 1:05 a.m. Firefighters arrived on scene minutes later to find more than half of the house engulfed in flames with fire coming from a quarter of its roof, said Culloden Volunteer Fire 1st Capt. Chris Burger.

The vacant house was located in the 2600 block of Benedict Road, a rural route off Virginia Avenue and north of Interstate 64 in Culloden.

No injuries were reported.

The state Fire Marshal's Office was asked to determine a cause and origin. Burger said it was a matter of protocol concerning the circumstances.

"With it being an unattended fire, nobody here and as big as the fire was, that's why we have the state Fire Marshal's Office come in," he said.

The house remained standing Wednesday morning, however Burger described it as destroyed. He said half of the house received heavy fire damage, while the other half sustained smoke and water damage.

The Culloden Volunteer Fire Department received assistance from volunteers in Milton and Hurricane, W.Va.

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