Shortly before noon Saturday, Parkersburg firefighters were dispatched to 2505 9th Ave (off Pike St) for a house fire. The first engine company arrived within 3 minutes and reported smoke coming from a one story frame structure. The fire was quickly knocked down, but fire crews remained for a couple hours searching for hot spots and completing an investigation of cause and origin.
Damage to the home is estimated at $10,000. The occupant is being assisted by the Red Cross.
The owner and occupant is listed as Patricia Cox. Her visiting, young grandchildren alerted her to a smell of smoke. The cause was determined to be radiant heat from a vent pipe on a wood burning stove.
The home did not have smoke detectors.
This article was written by Chief Taylor