CROOKED CREEK, W.Va. — One person died as a result of a late-night house fire that occurred July 20.
Scott Beckett, fire chief of the Logan Fire Department, noted, “These fires don’t always end up the way you want them to, and we ended up having a victim.”
Beckett explained first responders arrived to a scene of a mobile home heavily involved in flames.
Neighbors reportedly informed fire crews there was someone trapped in the home.
While the fire was put under control by fire crews in 20 minutes, Beckett noted the quick actions of fire fighters are not always able to save fire victims.
“It’s hard on the family, the community and the fire fighters. It’s just a bad situation, but it’s part of our job. I can’t say enough about our guys. They work hard and they train hard. They are second to none, and these guys go out and lay it on the line every day,” added Beckett.
Beckett urged everyone to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly.
“Do fire drills, talk with your children and try to keep everybody on the same page as to what to do if something were to happen. For $3.87 you can purchase a fire alarm at Wal-Mart. It could be the difference that saves a life,” noted Beckett.
The cause of the fire is reportedly under investigation by the fire marshal.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]