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Seven Volunteer Firefighters Hurt, 14 Depts. Called Out

One firefighter was burned while the other six suffered heat-related injuries

By Star Connor, WVVA

Fourteen fire departments from three counties battled a huge fire in Crab Orchard that sent more than a half dozen firefighters to the hospital by the time the blaze was under control.

Fire departments were called to 125 Dove Street to the Raleigh County Sheltered Warehouse. The structure was fully engulfed in flames when the first crews arrived and summoned back up.

Will Davis, Public Information Officer with the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department says firefighters from Raleigh and Fayette Counties responded to the scene while departments in Boone Counties covered areas where fire departments converged on the warehouse fire.

The call for assistance went out at 4:48 pm Tuesday afternoon.  Davis says seven firefighters were transported to area hospitals with injuries.

Justin England, with the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office, says six of the injured suffered heat exhaustion and one suffered a thermal burn.

“When you have a hot day like this, the heat from the fire, and 80 lbs. of gear, it takes a toll,” England said.

All the firefighters are expected to make a full recovery. The structure is a total loss and England says the investigation into how the fire started will take a couple of days.

Read the full story here.

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