UPDATE: 3 transported to hospital during Keyserhouse incident
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Despite rumors circulating on social media about an incident Thursday night which prompted the evacuation of Keyserhouse on North Main Street, there was no meth lab located and no deaths reported from the incident, according to Keyser Police chief Paul Sabin.
Three persons - including a first responder - were overcome however and had to be transported to WVU Potomac Valley Hospital for treatment.
Keyser fire chief Mike Cannon told the News Tribune the call came in at 8:08 p.m. as a possible carbon monoxide emergency after Keyser EMS had been called for a patient with breathing difficulty.
“While they were there, a second patient went down. They requested another ambulance and a first responder then went down,” he said.
“EMS requested the fire department respond with a carbon monoxide meter and self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
“EMS then advised there was a possible meth lab in the building and requested law enforcement,” Cannon explained. The Keyser Police Department, deputies from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department and a drug lab technician from the Potomac State Police Department responded.
North Main Street from School Street to Center Street was closed and traffic re-routed, and the building was evacuated.
Sabin said a door-to-door search was conducted, and no meth lab was found.
“The building was checked and ventilated. Air quality was normal and the building was turned back over to maintenance personnel,” Cannon said.
Departments responding to the scene, in addition to the Keyser Fire Department, included Keyser EMS, Fountain Fire and EMS, New Creek Fire and EMS, and Tri-Towns EMS.
KFD 1st assistant captain Scott Matthews was the incident commander anad Fountain Fire Department chief Jeremy Taylor was in charge of operations.