The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire late Saturday night. The occupants of the home discovered the fire and alerted 911. The call came in just after midnight, at 12:34 on August 28th, 2016. The department was on scene within three minutes to the structure at 705 31st Street. Once on scene, the firefighters found a bedroom and its contents on fire in the two story house. The bedroom was located on the second floor of the structure. The department responded with 5 engines, 1 tower truck, 1 rescue truck and 1 command vehicle. 15 firefighters responded to the scene of the fire. The firefighters extinguished the blaze within 10 minutes of being on scene. The crews then worked searching for hotspots while performing overhaul.
Chief Fire Inspector Carl Nestor was called to the scene to investigate the origin and cause of the fire. Crews stayed on scene for several hours assisting the investigator with debris removal. Early indications show the cause to possibly be an overloaded electrical circuit that overheated and ignited surrounding combustible material. At this time, the fire is listed as undetermined.
All occupants of the home were able to exit the home without injury. The second floor of the home suffered extensive smoke and water damage due to the fire. The first floor suffered extensive water damage. The Red Cross was called in to assist the occupants of the home.
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