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CRAB ORCHARD, WV (WVNS) — 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2020: The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office released that the cause of the Crab Orchard Fire was undetermined but accidental in nature.

All firefighters were treated and released according to Chief Jason Baltic.

CRAB ORCHARD, WV (WVNS) — 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2020: Firefighters were called back to Crab Orchard on Wednesday morning after a building which burned down on Tuesday caught fire again. The building rekindled at 8:21 a.m.

Beaver, Coal City and Sophia Area were back on the scene. This is the same fire which sent eight firefighters to the hospital on Tuesday evening. State Fire Marshals told 59News six of those injuries were heat exhaustion and one was burns. There is no word on the what the eighth person went to the hospital for. The injuries were from Sofia City, Sofia Area, Coal River and Bradley-Prosperity Volunteer Fire Departments.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7:40 p.m. UPDATE: Will Davis, the Public Relations Representative with the Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, confirmed seven firefighters were taken to a local hospital. The extent of their injuries is unclear.. A triage was set up in a different building to determine who can continue to fight the fire.

ORIGINAL STORY: One fire fighter was taken to the hospital as crews continue to battle a fire in the Crab Orchard area of Raleigh County. Dispatchers said a call about a fire came in at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Will Davis, the Public Relations Representative with Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, confirmed the fire started at a building behind the Lillian James Learning Center. The fire then turned into a brush fire.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire. One fire fighter was taken to a local hospital for their burns.

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Firefighters on scene told 59News the fire was so hot, crews with Jane Care and Best EMS administered aid for heat exhaustion.

Firefighters said it is best to avoid the area if possible. The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department is redirecting traffic, and the West Virginia Fire Marshal is on scene investigating.


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