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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Flames destroy Harpold Street apartments

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  • RAVENSWOOD - Flames engulfed a Harpold Street apartment building early Saturday morning, spreading quickly to heavily damage all four apartments contained in the building. The blaze erupted at around 5 a.m.
    Units from the Ravenswood, Silverton, Cottageville and Ripley volunteer fire departments responded to battle the blaze at what was originally the Regency Apartments. Ravenswood Police Department and Jackson County EMS units also responded.
    Reports indicate that a resident’s five-year-old child was awake when the fire broke out and woke up both the woman and her boyfriend. He broke open a window for them to escape.
    All residents of the four apartments got out of the complex, and outside of the boyfriend who received some 20 stitches from breaking open the window, no one else was reported injured.
    Several pets were lost, however.
    The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.
    Firefighters snuffed the blaze after battling it for about three hours, clearing the scene at about 8 a.m.
    Firefighters also responded to battle a blaze at a double wide mobile home some 2.5 miles up Skull Run Road Thursday morning at just after 8 a.m. which left one female resident in critical condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital’s burn unit and another with lesser injuries.
    Neighbors saw smoke billowing from the mobile home, and pulled the critically burned woman from the dwelling.
    The fire was contained to the kitchen and living room of the dwelling, and was knocked down in about 15 minutes.
    The critically burned woman was airlifted via HealthNet helicopter from a landing zone set up near Heritage Christian Academy in Ravenswood.
    One pet cat was saved, while two others perished in the fire.
    Units from the Ravenswood, Silverton and Cottageville fire departments responded to the blaze

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