Early Monday morning, around 7:30 a.m., Parkersburg firefighters responded to a house fire at 1739 East 7th St.
The first due engine reported heavy smoke showing from a single story residence. Upon entry, they found the bulk of the fire in the front living room area and extending into the kitchen.
Traffic on 7th was diverted for approximately 45 minutes, while crews contained the blaze and searched for hot spots.
“The fire damage was limited to the living room and kitchen with the bulk of the fire load being the living room furnishings,” said Fire Chief Eric Taylor.
The owner, Tammy Bailey, 51, was home when the fire broke out, but she and her dog escaped without injury. She was evaluated by ambulance crews on the scene. No smoke detectors were found in the home. Damages are estimated at $30,000.
“The home sits in very close proximity to the SuddenLink offices. They were evacuated as a precaution, but that structure did not sustain any damage,” adds Taylor.
The fire investigation was completed by Captain Tim Flinn. The origin appears to be in the living room and the cause is believed to be discarded smoking materials.
This article was written by Chief Taylor