Small explosion heard in Beckley, multiple crews on scene of fire

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Crews responded to a small explosion in Beckley on Monday, June 7, 2021. It happened at a home off of Rural Acres Drive.

Firefighters on the scene told 59News they arrived to an abandoned home on Mellon Street at around Noon on Monday. The home was on fire and large amounts of smoke could be seen.

Six agencies responded, including fire departments from Mabscott, Beaver, Sophia and Coal City, along with Jan Care Ambulance service and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department.

Property Owner Earnest Garrison said he got the call Monday afternoon that a fire erupted on his property.

“We don’t know if somebody broke in there, stole a bunch of stuff over there or not because he went to the bank and wasn’t nobody there. I was in Oak Hill, they called me and I rushed down there and everything burnt to the ground,” said Garrison.

No injuries were reported, but several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. The cause of the remains under investigation by the WV State Fire Marshal.

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