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Fire destroys Barboursville home

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Jan. 17, 2013 @ 11:15 PM

BARBOURSVILLE -- A midday fire killed a pet and left its family homeless Wednesday in Barboursville.

An adult family member staying at the residence first noticed the fire upon exiting the shower. She escaped the house, and a neighbor called 911.

Firefighters arrived to find an enormous amount of flames, said Barboursville Volunteer Fire Capt. Andrew Frazier.

"A porch overhang had already collapsed," he said. "There was a lot of fire coming out from the front door of the house, the front window and the overhang."

Those flames gutted much of the single-story home, located along Francis Court in Williamsburg Colony.

Frazier said one or two rooms might have been spared fire damage, but the entire house sustained significant heat and smoke.

Wednesday's sole occupant was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, Frazier said. The family dog died. The home owner and her children were not home at the time. The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance.

Frazier said firefighters believe, based upon a preliminary look, the fire likely ignited in the middle of the house, perhaps near a kitchen.

The exact cause and origin remained under investigation, however Frazier said it does not appear suspicious.

The flames did not spread to neighboring homes as crews initially feared they might.

Barboursville received on-scene assistance from volunteers with Ona and Ohio River Road. Volunteers from Milton and Green Valley provided area coverage.

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