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  • Crews fight house fire in Fayette County for several hours Saturday

    Crews fight house fire in Fayette County for several hours Saturday

    Saturday, April 19 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:24:33 GMT
    Crews fought a house fire in Fayette County Saturday evening for several hours. 911 Dispatchers said the call came in of a house fire on Paint Creek Road near Pax around 6:30 p.m. Pax Fire Department and Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department responded along with several other crews. We're told no one was inside the home when the fire happened.
    Crews fought a house fire in Fayette County Saturday evening for several hours. 911 Dispatchers said the call came in of a house fire on Paint Creek Road near Pax around 6:30 p.m. Pax Fire Department and Bradley-Prosperity Fire Department responded along with several other crews. We're told no one was inside the home when the fire happened.
  • Woman and husband charged for unintentional killing of son

    Woman and husband charged for unintentional killing of son

    Woman and husband charged for unintentional killing of son

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:38:36 GMT
    A Shinnston woman and her husband have been charged with what authorities are calling the unintentional suffocation of her 3-month-old son.
    A Shinnston woman and her husband have been charged with what authorities are calling the unintentional suffocation of her 3-month-old son.
  • One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    One man shot early Saturday morning in Beckley

    Saturday, April 19 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:22:04 GMT
         One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County.
         One man is in custody Saturday after a bar shooting in Raleigh County.

59News went to Summers County to investigate a new drug.

It's a deadly mix of heroin and fentanyl, which is a chronic pain killer. Authorities from Maryland to Rhode Island say it's already taken the lives of almost 100 Americans in the past few weeks.

According to experts at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Research at Johns Hopkins University, fentanyl is between 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Hinton Police Chief Derek Snavely told 59News when celebrities die because of drug overdoses, it can be a double-edged sword.

"A lot of people look up to them as role models, even though they are celebrities and probably will never meet them, they relate to them and see them doing it and they get in their minds that they want to do it to. It definitely glamorizes it," Snavely said.

The other side of that sword, he said, is a harsh but necessary reality.

"It does create some awareness, hopefully parents will watch, stay informed and look out for indicators within their own kids and prevent the same thing from happening to them," he told us.

Chief Snavely told us the trend is moving from pills to heroin because it is a better high for a cheaper price.

"We're chasing the pill problem then heroin comes into the picture. Someone's always wanting to do something quicker and cheaper," said Snavely.

Here's Snavely's idea for a solution to the drug epidemic.

"I believe in meaningful consequences for people's actions. People will only get 16 months in jail for drug dealing. I think that's a joke. These people need to serve hard time," he told us.

Experts at the Mental Health Association said dealers sell heroin with higher concentrations of fentanyl to increase their clients' tolerance, then lower the concentration to increase the demand.