Voice of the People -- Monday, August 25
Response to Morris fire a testament to firefighters' training
By all accounts, July 27, 2014, started out as a pretty normal day. But all of that changed when a call went out to 9ll that the historic Morris Building on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 9th Street was ablaze.
Fire doubles in size every minute. Thankfully, the Huntington Fire Department's main station, being centrally located, responded immediately. However, responding quickly is only one factor in containing a fire of this magnitude. Without the experienced and capable firefighters under the direction of Chief Carl Eastham, we could be describing more than the damages suffered by the businesses and tenants and restaurants, which was horrific in itself. That there was no loss of life, although one firefighter suffered an injury, is miraculous.
It took many departments, individuals and community leaders to have the positive outcome from this horrific event. To name a few: Cabell County EMS, Red Cross, Homeland Security, City Garage, City Works, Huntington Police Department, West Virginia American Water, other property owners in downtown Huntington that permitted the firemen to use their buildings to observe and report the status of the fire, and many surrounding fire departments offering supportive help.
It is obvious this tragedy and all the losses incurred by many will be felt for a long time. But as the community rallied to contain the fire, so will the community rally to help those who have suffered by this incident.
To all those who helped in any way, and especially the Huntington Fire Department, we thank you and appreciate what you do on a daily basis. We are proud to live and be a part of the City of Huntington.
Downtown Huntington Partners
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