A house in the 200 block of Berschet Drive in South Charleston was destroyed by fire on Monday afternoon.
- Multiple crews were called to help battle a fire that destroyed the house
- No one was home when the fire started, except a family dog that died
- A cause has yet to be determined and it’s unclear where the fire started
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Crews were dispatched just before 1 p.m. Monday after neighbors witnessed smoke showing in the residence, according to Madison Twp. EMS Captain Loretta Lewis.
“Upon arrival crews saw flames and smoke showing heavily,” Lewis said. “We initiated and called mutual aid to get more engines. The first engine to arrive was Madison Twp.”
Firefighters from at least six different departments responded to the fire and all firefighters are doing well, according to Lewis.
A witness tells us he was driving back from picking up a pizza with his sister-in-law when they saw smoke in a neighborhood and decided to turn around to see what was on fire.
Butch Kohut said when they pulled up to the house they noticed all of the windows were all open and could see smoke showing from inside the house.
“I was screaming and screaming and I could hear smoke detectors going off, glass breaking and stuff falling all over the place,” Kohut said. “At this time I didn’t know if anyone was in the house because there was a vehicle sitting in the driveway.”
Kohut said he immediately kicked the door open to try and get in the house.
“The smoke was so thick that you just couldn’t get in,” Kohut said. “Maybe 30 seconds later the house started engulfing in flames.”
Red Cross was contacted to help assist the family. A State Fire Marshal was contacted to investigate the scene.
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