UPDATE: Fire crews extinguish active fires at U-Haul in Beckley, still working to clear the scene

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(UPDATE) BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — Crews were on the scene of the fire at the U Haul Storage and Moving facility during the day on Nov. 18.

While nearly all of the flames died down during the night, smoke could still be seen coming from the collapsed roof. Engines and ladder trucks from the Beckley fire department were not directly on the scene but instead attacking from above.

Firefighters on the scene told 59 News all the active fires were put out. Now they are in the process of cooling the area so they can send crews further in.

“That much steel it’s hot, before anyone can sit there and make an investigation we have to alleviate that heat to be able to get personnel to be able to go in and start an investigation,” said Lt. Mark Gaston with the Beckley Fire department.

With everything cooled off, all that is left is for city and state fire marshals to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

(ORIGINAL STORY) NOV. 17, 2021 7:02 P.M. — Crews responded to a fire at the U-haul Storage and Moving Facility on Ragland Road November 17, 2021.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined. Fire Prevention Bureau Captain Ernest Parsons confirmed there was no one in the building when the fire started and there are no injuries. When it came to fighting the fire, Parsons said fire crews were dealing with high winds that created some challenges.

“High wings is always a problem because it misdirects your hose streams so it can affect reach and the angle that you are flowing so it can be a challenge,” Parsons said.

Parsons said an investigation into the cause of the fire will happen in the next few days.


BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — According to Raleigh County Dispatch, the U-Haul building on Ragland Road in Beckley is on fire.

59News received multiple calls from viewers and received video of smoke coming from the building. It is unknown at this moment whether or not any injuries occurred. Raleigh County Emergency Services said Ragland Road is closed until further notice.

According to Beckley Fire Captain Ernest Parsons, nobody was in the building at the time of the fire and no injuries occurred. Parsons also confirmed some storage units within the building were impacted. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

Video Courtesy of Gary Milam

Stick with 59News as we continue to provide updates on the fire.

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