MOTEL FIRE Man Dies After Being Severely Burned In Harrison County Motel Fire
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 10, 2012 9:23 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 11, 2012 11:40 AM EDT
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Wilsonburg, Harrison County
, West Virginia
The man burned in a Harrison County motel fire over the weekend has died.
Media outlets identified the victim as Dustin McCellen. The State Fire Marshal's Office said the 21-year-old man was from Louisiana. The fire ripped through more than half of the motel and destroyed about 30 rooms early Sunday.
McCellen was an oil and gas industry worker who was staying at the Towne House West Motor Lodge when it caught fire.
Witnesses told authorities the fire appeared to start in the top section of the motel's west wing, but no cause has been determined.
No one else was injured. Many of the rooms were rented by other gas workers who had gone home for the weekend.
Cadaver dogs searched the rubble to make sure no other bodies were left undiscovered.
State fire marshals say the cause of a fire at a Harrison County motel that left one man severely burned remains unknown.
The state Fire Marshal’s Office said the victim, a Louisiana man, suffered burns over 80 percent of his body. He was taken to the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh. His name has not been released.
The fire broke out about 4:30 a.m. Sunday at the Towne House West Motor Lodge off the Wilsonburg exit of U.S. 50 in Harrison County. The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.
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