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Barbershop Heavily Damaged In Institute Fire
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Sep. 28, 2012 9:11 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 28, 2012 5:43 PM EDT
Institute , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A barbershop in Institute was heavily damaged Friday morning after a fire apparently started in an apartment located behind the business.
The blaze occurred about 9:15 a.m. at the Don Juan Barbershop on Fairlawn Avenue, located directly across the road from Wallace Hall on the campus of West Virginia State University.
There were five people inside the barbershop at the time the fire broke out. Someone outside the building saw the gray smoke, which quickly turned black, and went inside to tell the people to get out. Those five individuals escaped the building without harm as the building quickly caught fire.
Firefighters continued to dump water on the building as of about 10:30 a.m. Firefighters cleared the scene early this afternoon.
Witnesses at the scene said the fire appeared to come from the apartment building toward the back of the barbershop. It's believed that apartment was vacant at the time.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest developments.
A fire was reported at a building in Institute in a building that apparently houses a barbershop, a Metro 911 dispatcher said.
The fire was reported at about 9:15 a.m. at 5016 Fairlawn Ave., the dispatcher said.
A Kanawha County Parks unit is at the scene.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for further updates.
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