One person was taken to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation and five people are displaced after a fire in house late Sunday evening. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross is assisting the five occupants of the house.
Fire dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 8:27 p.m. from the occupants of the house at 4301 Cory Place (Arville/Charleston) stating the water heater was on fire in the house. When firefighters arrived smoke and light flames were showing from the house.
The large one-story, wood-frame house is subdivided into smaller apartments, some with separate entrances from the outside. When firefighters were searching those units, they found one man still inside the unit that had some smoke in it. The individual was assisted out of the unit and then taken to the hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation.
The other four occupants had already evacuated the house.
Firefighters had the fire out in less than 10 minutes and confined it to a utility room in the middle of the house and the attic above. The rest of the house had light to moderate smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $50,000.
The occupants told fire investigators they were home when the electricity went off. They went to the power box to see what the problem was. They began to smell something burning and when they went to search, they found the utility room on fire. They said there were flames at the bottom and top of the water heater in the room. They then called 9-1-1. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
There were no injuries to first responders.
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