ASHFORD, W.Va – On Friday, October 7, David Kinder died in a house fire in Epling Hollow Road.
According to an emergency dispatcher the call came in around 8:23 p.m. Friday night.
The West Virginia State Police and the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office handled the investigation.
According to Chief Jackie Hayes of the Racine Volunteer Fire Department four fire departments were at the scene Friday night to contain and fight the fire.
Hayes stated the departments were Racine, Danville, Marmet and Morrisvale.
According to Hayes they had to shuttle in the water in tankers to fight this fire.
Hayes said, “There are no fire hydrants on Epling Hollow Road.”
The nearest fire hydrant is located around Casey Fork Road area of Ashford stated Hayes.
Epling Hollow Road and Casey Fork Road are approximately 1.2 miles apart.
According to Hayes it is West Virginia American Water’s responsibility to set and supply the water lines for the hydrants.
Hayes said, “No other structures were damaged.”
According to Hayes, the house is still standing, but is a total loss.
Jason Baltic, Deputy State Fire Marshal Chief Investigator said, “The fire is undetermined, but believed to be an accident from cooking.”
Baltic stated, Tim Chastain, Assistant State Fire Marshal was the lead investigator. He arrived on the scene approximately two hours after the fire occurred.
According to Baltic Racine Fire Department contacted the fire marshal’s office to let them know about the fire.
According to Baltic, the investigation is believed to be complete as this time.
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-369-1165 ext. 1661 or [email protected]