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.
No injuries were reported. St Joseph’s Ambulance stood by during firefighting operations and Parkersburg Police assisted with traffic control.
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.
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