NEW HAVEN, W.Va. — A New Haven man was able to escape injury after his apartment caught fire Tuesday afternoon, but all of his possessions were lost, according to a New Haven Volunteer Fire Department spokesman.
The fire department received the call at 12:06 p.m. Tuesday from Police Chief David Hardwick that there was a structure fire at the corner of Main and Fifth streets, said Greg Kaylor, fire department public information officer. He said when firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and flames beginning to come from an apartment occupied by Jerry Fry.
Kaylor stated residents of neighboring apartments were beginning to remove possessions from their own homes when fire crews arrived, in fear the fire would spread. Damage was contained to the one apartment, however.
The apartment complex is owned by Phil Serevicz. Kaylor said the apartment was declared a total loss, and although it remains under investigation, the fire did not appear to be suspicious.
Both the Mason and Middleport fire departments assisted at the scene. Kaylor said the cold temperatures made icy conditions for the firemen as the run-off water from the fire hoses froze. Fire crews returned to their respective stations at 2 p.m.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.