Man Speaks Out After Saving Friend In Suspicious House Fire


A man in Mercer County is being hailed a hero after rushing into a burning home and saving his best friend on Friday November 13, 2015.  Bluefield West Virginia Firefighters said the call came in just after 1:30 a.m.  Firefighters said they were able to contain the fire on Spruce Street within 20 minutes.  They are calling the fire suspicious.  

Kevin Daugherty said, “I had to save my best friend.  She was one of my close friends for 8 to 10 years. I hope she would do it for me.”

Daugherty lives directly across from Mariam Hazelwood and her fiancé Travis Pennington according to Bluefield Firefighters.  Daugherty said early Friday morning, he heard 2 people outside his window laughing.  When he looked outside his window, he said he saw the flames.  He then reportedly rushed over to the house and kicked the door in.  

Daugherty said, “I went upstairs to the top attic where she was and woke her up.  I told her the house is on fire and we need to get out.  We proceeded to get her out the house.  If I would have been a couple minutes late, I don’t know if she would have been alive.  I don’t know if I could of took that.”

Daugherty said Hazelwood was grateful to be alive but started crying when she realized she lost everything she had.  Daugherty’s wife called 911.  She’s proud of her husband.

Tawana Howard said, “He’s always been the one to pitch in and help anybody.  He reacted the way I think he should of because if it wasn’t for him, my friend wouldn’t be here.”

Bluefield Fire Chief Rick Cary contacted the fire marshal to investigate the fire they are calling suspicious.  Cary said the fire started in the garage.  He said the rest of the house has high heat and smoke damage.

Lt. George Miller with the Bluefield Fire Department said, “We preach and preach and preach about smoke detectors.  We didn’t find any.  There was none going off.  It’s just as simple as coming down here at the fire house on Bluefield Avenue and saying hey I need a smoke detector.  One smoke detector can save your life.”

Daugherty said he’s not a hero.  He said he tore a ligament in his shoulder, after he broke down the door to get into the burning home.  He was taken to the hospital and was released shortly.  Firefighters said the scene was cleared after 3:30 a.m.



Fire Chief Rick Cary is calling an early morning house fire in Bluefield, WV suspicious.

The fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. (11/13/2015) on Spruce Street. Cary said the fire was in the garage portion of 2 1/2 story wood frame house. The fire was contained to the garage, but the rest of the house has heat damage. Cary said what caused the fire is not known, but it is suspicious. No injuries are being reported. The scene was cleared after 3:30 a.m. 

The Bluefield Virginia Volunteer Fire Department, Green Valley Fire Department, and Bluefield Fire Department responded. 

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