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Smoke Detectors Credited With Saving Lives Of Two In Clendenin Fire

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Heath Harrison, Katelyn Sykes, Fallon Pierson
Reported: Nov. 16, 2013 10:13 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 17, 2013 11:52 PM EST

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Clendenin Fire
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Clendenin , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A home in Clendenin was badly damaged after fire ripped through the house Saturday night.

Neighbors watched as flames and smoke came pouring out of the home, but many are just thankful the people living there survived.

Clendenin, Frame and Pinch fire departments responded to the fire on Spencer Road just before 10 p.m.

“We were sitting in our house and, the next thing I know, my son was saying. ‘Mom I smell smoke,' “ a neighbor said. “Then all the sudden, we walked outside and we saw her house go up in flames."

Two people were home at the time of the fire. Crews said a grandson woke his grandmother up after hearing smoke alarms going off, and both were able to safely get out.

"We had smoke showing from every window,” Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department Cpt. Chris Avis said. “We determined the fire was in the basement. We made entry through the downstairs basement door.”

Avis credited the smoke detectors with saving the lives of the home’s residents.

“Smoke detectors are obviously critical in any fire, but really played a part in this one," he said.

Firefighters said they don't know how the fire started, and fire marshals will start working on the case. Firefighters contained the fire to the basement so the home only suffered some damage.

While the victims of this fire regroup and rebuild, neighbors said they will have the support they need.

"In a time of need like this, the family's pulling together, especially this close to the holidays, that's hard," one neighbor said.




A home was destroyed by fire in Clendenin on Saturday night.

Crews from the Clendenin, Pinch and Frame Fire Departments, as well as EMS, responded to the fire on Spencer Road, which was reported at about 9 45 p.m.

Two people were reported home at the time of the fire.

Crews said a grandson woke up his grandmother after hearing smoke alarms going off.

Both were able to escape without injury.

A dog and a cat were killed in the fire, which crews said started in the basement.

The fire was put out within 20 minutes, but the home was a total loss.

Crews said the cause of the fire was suspicious.

The road was shut down for about an hour while crews were on the scene, but has reopened




Metro 911 officials said no one was hurt after a fire broke out at a home in Clendenin late Saturday night.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put the fire out. Crews from Clendenin, Pinch and Frame Fire Departments responded to the scene, as well as EMS.

Spencer Road is still closed while crews are on the scene.




Crews were on the scene of a fire in Clendenin on Saturday night.

The call came in at about 9:45 p.m. on Spencer Road.

The road is closed while crews battle the blaze.

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates.



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