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Morgantown Fire Department Responds to Second-Alarm Fire on McLane Avenue
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - On April 30, at approximately 4:32 p.m. the Morgantown Fire Department responded to a second-alarm structure fire at an occupied two-story apartment building located at 419 McLane Avenue.
The initial call was for a fire alarm activation. When fire personnel arrived on scene, smoke was present, and they upgraded the call to a working structure fire.
Firefighters forced numerous doors to gain access to the fire. Two sprinklers activated which limited the fire allowing firefighters to quickly control the fire. The building was ventilated to remove any remaining smoke. Firefighters also utilized multiple tarps to protect contents from water damage in the surrounding apartments.
There were no injuries to firefighters and the building's fire alarm system alerted occupants, so they were able to safely evacuate. One cat and one dog were rescued from the apartment.
Fire investigators were called to the scene and determined the fire started in the kitchen area, however the cause of the fire remains under investigation. The building is estimated to have about $50,000 worth of damage.