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Fire that damaged historic Barbour County covered bridge ruled arson

Flames engulf the Carrollton Covered Bridge in Barbour County. (Chris Johnson)

A fire that damaged a historic bridge in Barbour County has been ruled arson by the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office.

Investigators said someone intentionally set fire the 160- year-old Carrollton Covered Bridge in Barbour County overnight.

According to the fire marshals' office, fires were also intentionally set at two small campsites near the bridge. Investigators believe the fire at the bridge and the campsites are related.

More than half a dozen fire crews battled the blaze that was reported about 11 p.m. Thursday.

The state Department of Transportation said it is inspecting the structure, and it could be closed for week

At this time no arrests have been made.

Authorities are investigating after the Carrollton Bridge in Barbour County was engulfed in flames overnight.

The Philippi Volunteer Fire Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire that damaged the 160-year-old wooden bridge.

Chris Johnson captured the video that is shown below.

More than half a dozen fire crews battled the blaze that was reported about 11 p.m. Thursday.

The state Department of Transportation sent out photos of the aftermath of the fire. The agency said it is inspecting the structure, and it could be closed for weeks.

Originally finished in 1855, the Carrollton Bridge over the Buckhannon River in northern West Virginia was one of the two remaining covered bridges in Barbour County.

The Philippi Covered Bridge burned in early 1980 when a gasoline spill caught fire and was rebuilt and reopened within three years.

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