MASON — A potentially disastrous situation was averted early Tuesday morning when fire broke out at a Mason gas station.
Paul Johnson, chief of the Mason Fire Department, said firefighters were called to the Fast-4-U gas station, in upper Mason, shortly after 8 a.m. Upon arrival, the firemen found the blaze in a back storage room, which is enclosed in the station.
The New Haven Fire Department provided mutual aid, and Pomeroy Station 1 was also on the scene with its ladder truck. Approximately 20 firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, which was contained to the storage area.
Chief Johnson said the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office has been called to determine the cause of the blaze. Johnson said local firemen could determine where the fire began, but could not pin down why it started.
Mason firefighters, who were the last on the scene, returned to the station shortly after 11 a.m., the chief said.
The gas station is owned by John and Janel Harrison. John Harrison commended the quick action of the firemen and their ability to contain the fire and keep it to the storage room. Harrison also owns a construction business, and said the room contained some building materials.
The owner stated he is unsure of the damage estimate at this time. The station will reopen as soon as a commercial cleaning company can remove the smoke from the remainder of the station, possibly by the end of the week.