POCA, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Nine fire departments descended on Central Van and Storage in Rock Branch trying to knock down a fire that could be seen for miles by people like Danny Rose.
“I just hoped no one was hurt,” Rose said.
Rose watched from his yard as 35 people evacuated the building hoping the fire didn’t go from bad to worse.
“Building like that, a lot of times there may be gas or things stored in there that could explode,” Rose said.
No one was hurt because the flames didn’t break through the roof into the interior.
Poca Fire Chief Shawn West said, despite the fire staying up top, water still damaged much of the interior.
West said they had to activate the Putnam County Emergency Task Force bringing water tanker trucks to make up for the lack of nearby fire hydrants.
“Just by laying the hydrants, we could not get sufficient water,” West said.
Rose said he hopes the long running business bounces back from the fire that could have been much worse.
“I hope they have insurance,” he said, “hope they recover from it. That’s the important thing.”
It’s not clear what started the fire, but it’s not being considered suspicious.
Poca fire officials did call in the State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the cause.