PIEDMONT - A family was left homeless and one firefighter sustained minor injuries early Friday morning when fire ravaged an East Hampshire Street home in Piedmont.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
PIEDMONT - A family was left homeless and one firefighter sustained minor injuries early Friday morning when fire ravaged an East Hampshire Street home in Piedmont.
Ashley Paugh, her brother Robert and her infant son were living in the structure demolished by the fire of unknown origin which occurred shortly after midnight.
According to Tri-Towns fire chief T.J. Bradley, the call came in at approximately 12:40.
“When I arrived, there was heavy fire showing from the front of the house,” he said, noting that the blaze took approximately five hours for area firefighters to extinguish.
They were then called back out after 8 a.m. Friday for a rekindle.
“It was a small fire in one of the areas we weren’t able to get to the first time,” he said, adding that firefighters were on scene approximately one hour that second time.
Bradley said the fire was so hot and structural damage was so extensive that they have not yet determined what could have started the blaze.
Eight area fire departments, with approximately 50 firefighters, fought the blaze while personnel from the Elk District Fire Department remained on standby if needed.
The injured firefighter was treated and released.
The family - Ashley Paugh, Robert Paugh, and Ashley’s 2-year-old son  - are being helped by friends and family.
Some family pets were as yet unaccounted for by Friday morning, but two of their dogs had been found, with one requiring medical treatment for burns on its legs.
A collection is underway for clothing for the family, and the following sizes are needed:
Ashley: Sizes 15-17 in pants, XL shirts and size 9 shoe.
Her brother: 38 pants, XL shirts and size 13 shoes
Ashley’s son: Sizes 2t through 4t and size 7/8 in shoes.
Donations for the family may be dropped off at 22 C St. in Keyser.