Home Deemed Total Loss After Fire in WashCo

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Two people were injured in a late night house fire which firefighters say took 12 hours to put out. Almost everything in the home was burned during the fire in West Fork.

KNWA spoke to many neighbors and close friends off-camera — they asked to remain anonymous to protect the family. Though the home is a total loss, neighbors and close friends of the family say, it’s the heroic efforts of one of the homeowners that they’ll remember for a while. 

“It’s a sad thing to have happen to anybody.”said Sean Taft, the Owner of BCrafty.

Sean Taft is the owner of BCrafty, which is just a few feet away from where a home burst into flames in West Fork on Saturday night.

“I saw it was really close to our address so it kind of concerned me. It was very devastating. It wasn’t our place but that’s sad for anybody that’s just not a good deal.”

Neighbors and close friends of the family say one of the homeowners went inside the burning building three times to try and save the family pets. His heroic efforts were successful, but they say he’s still recovering in the hospital.

“There were two transported to Washington Regional Medical Center by Central EMS but I don’t know the extent of their injuries.” said Capt. Travis Whisenhunt, with the West Fork Fire Department.

According to the West Fork Fire Department. The house was on fire for almost 12 hours before firefighters were finally able to put it out. Since there weren’t many nearby hydrants, it took 4 different fire departments to stop the fire. 

“We got to the point where, because of the size of the building, the structure in the middle got so unsafe that we no longer sent interior crews in.” said Capt. Whisenhunt. 

Though the home itself is a total loss, Capt. Whisenhunt said, they did what they could to ease the burden for the homeowners in this tough time. 

“We tried to go in and see what is undamaged or things that are important. if we know where family pictures are, we risk a little bit to get to those things just because of how important they are to the family.” said Capt. Whisenhunt. 

Throughout the day Sunday, friends were there for a couple of hours trying to load up the things the firefighters were able to save. 

We reached out to the Washington County Fire Marshal to find out the cause of the fire, we have yet to hear back from him.

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