ANTIOCH - An early-morning fire Tuesday destroyed a home located in the back of the Nancy Hanks Farm subdivision, according to New Creek Volunteer Fire Department chief Dustin Amtower.

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By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
ANTIOCH - An early-morning fire Tuesday destroyed a home located in the back of the Nancy Hanks Farm subdivision, according to New Creek Volunteer Fire Department chief Dustin Amtower.
Amtower said there were no injuries sustained as a result of the blaze, and the family that occupies the dwelling was  not home at the time.
He explained that the firefighters were hampered by the distance to the home from the station and the inability to get to water. The structure was therefore pretty much destroyed by the time firefighters were able to get on scene.
“It’s the last house in the back (of the subdivision),” he explained. “It’s about the farthest anyone can get from our station.”
And despite the fact that “there are ponds all around” the home, Amtower said the firefighters could not access the ponds with their trucks and therefore had to obtain water from a pond on Double Cribbs Road near Knobley Road.
He did say, however, that the gate which blocks public access to the subdivision was not a problem.
“We actually have a key, but the gate was already open when we got there,” he said.
Although Amtower said he does not suspect arson, the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office was called in as a matter of routine to investigate the blaze.
Mineral County 911 was alerted to the blaze at approximately 8:08 a.m., and firefighters from New Creek, Keyser, Burlington, Fountain, Maysville, Westernport, Piedmont, Moorefield and Romney responded to the scene. In addition, New Creek’s Ambulance responded, and Keyser EMS and Tri-Towns EMS were placed on standby.