NEW CREEK – A property owner was arrested in Keyser Saturday and charged with setting a fire which destroyed his property located in a remote section of the New Creek area and resulted in one firefighter being injured while fighting the blaze
NEW CREEK – A property owner was arrested in Keyser Saturday and charged with setting a fire which destroyed his property located in a remote section of the New Creek area and resulted in one firefighter being injured while fighting the blaze.
According to the New Creek Volunteer Fire Department, they were alerted for a house fire on Paxton View Lane at 8:13 p.m. Saturday. The initial caller was the resident of the reported address and said that he had to walk approximately 30 minutes out to a neighbor’s house to make the phone call to 911 to report the fire.
Due to the very remote and rural setting of the fire, fire department vehicles had extreme difficulty in accessing the scene. Only tankers and brush units were able to get to the residence. All engines had to stage along New Creek Highway.
Upon arrival of the first fire units, crews found a one-story residence fully involved in flames. Crews were able to deploy hose lines to control the fire from spreading to the woods and a nearby shed. They were able to also establish a water supply site at a nearby pond using a portable pump.
The fire was contained to the initial structure and was fully extinguished.
One firefighter was treated on scene and transported to Potomac Valley Hospital for difficulty breathing.
With the assistance of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, the property owner was located in Keyser, where he confessed to setting fire to his residence and was taken into custody. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office was notified of the incident.
The residence was a total loss.
The New Creek Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank the following departments for their assistance on the incident – Keyser Volunteer Fire Department, Fountain Volunteer Fire Department, Burlington Volunteer Fire Department, Elk District Volunteer Fire Department, Potomac Fire Company, and Keyser Emergency Medical Services. Romney Volunteer Fire Company stood by at New Creek’s station with their ladder truck, and Barton Hose Company stood by at Keyser VFD Station 1 with an Engine Company.
The firefighters would also like to thank the Delsignore family for their assistance with shuttling manpower to the scene and also with assisting vehicles out of the mud.
No further details were available.