EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFire Destroys Abandoned Meth House
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Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 9, 2013 11:07 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 9, 2013 12:43 PM EDT
Cabin Creek , Kanawha County , West Virginia
An investigation is under way into what caused a fire that destroyed a condemned, abandoned house in Cabin Creek.
It happened about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday at a home condemned by meth on Cabin Creek Road. Fire officials said they had to use extra precaution battling the fire because of potential hazards caused by the drug.
"We took defensive operations due to the contents in the house when the house was condemned," East Bank Fire Department Chief Thomas Tucker said..
Because of those conditions, firefighters had to battle the fire from the outside and could not go in the structure.
"We don't want to do any interior firefighting due to the hazards," he said. "We don't want to expose our firefighters to it."
Many of the chemicals used to make meth are not only explosive but dangerous to your health. Any meth residue left behind can be heated in a fire. That can release those toxic chemicals into the air.
Health officials said if any of the drug was left behind it would most likely be burned up in the fire and the gear firefighters wear would help protect them from any of the vapors. But firefighters weren't taking any chances and used extra time to stay safe.
"We can't get in to the fire as quick as you want to like you would in an offensive mode," Tucker said.
Fire officials aren't sure what caused the fire. Crews were called back to the scene about 8 a.m. after another fire was reported at the home. Both remain under investigation.
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