Official investigates suspicious fires
LEON Officials with the West Virginia State Fire Marshals Office were at two fire scenes in the Leon area Wednesday investigating the causes of two structure fires.
According to Frank Chapman, chief, members of the Leon Volunteer Fire Department responded to one fire on Tribble Road.
When firefighters arrived, they found the two-story farmhouse fully engulfed. Chapman said the house was vacant and that the family, which lives in Putnam County, used it as a place to stay during hunting season or while working on their farm.
As firefighters were preparing to leave the first scene, the fire department was called for another structure fire on Buzzard Road, about a quarter of a mile away from the farm house fire. Chapman said the second fire involved a vacant, single-wide mobile home.
He said neither structure had electricity or other utilities turned on at the time of the fires. Both are being considered suspicious in nature.
Members of the Buffalo, Winfield, Eleanor and Route 34 fire departments responded as mutual aid to Leon.
As Leon VFD members were completing their operations, members of the Valley Volunteer Fire Department responded with two engines to a barn fire on Pleasant Ridge Road in Gallipolis Ferry.
When they arrived, firefighters found a small shed fully engulfed, according to Chief Butch Black. He said the building was a total loss at $1,000.
The fire department received the call at 1:45 a.m. and remained on the scene for an hour.
Because there were no utilities attached to the shed, that fire also is considered suspicious in nature.
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