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Third fire reported at series of townhouses

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Norman Settleman with the W.Va. State Fire Marshall's Office says all 3 fires at the townhouses were electrical shortages. He says that AEP will be monitoring the meters. They will be checking for spikes in power from the pole to the meter. 

Homeowners are also advised to get a licensed electrical inspector to check all wiring that runs from the meter to the rest of the home.




After witnessing three fires in 72 hours in one subdivision residents in Indian Head are searching for answers. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office is now getting involved in the investigation.

Since Saturday there have been three separate fires all in the same cluster of townhouses.

People living in the area say they are afraid to leave their homes or sleep at night because they don't know when the next fire will be.

The first fire happened Saturday. The next fire happened early Monday morning. The third fire happened just after 11 Monday morning.

Neighbors said they almost couldn't believe their eyes when they saw what was happening.

Firefighters and residents say the cause of the fires appears to be an electrical problem. Captain Jeffrey Stevens with the West Side Volunteer Fire Department would not discuss the specifics of the electrical issues, but did say there is an obvious problem.

"Without there being an arsonist or someone actually setting fires, this is unusual," Stevens said. "With electrical fires it looks like they have some real problems."

Before the third fire happened, resident Rhonda Mahan had already called an electrician to check her house over. Her house is the only one in her cluster of houses that hasn't either caught fire or been damaged by smoke.

"A guy came and checked the power box, checked the wiring and as far as he could tell everything was fine," Mahan said. "I called the power company and they said they had to schedule it so they are not coming right away."

The president of the homeowners association in Indian Head, Chris Bell says he placed a call to Appalachian Power around noon Monday and asked that someone come and check out the situation. Bell says he was told no one would be sent because there wasn't a need.

13 News called Appalachian Power for comment on this story. A spokesperson said they are planning to work with the fire marshal's office on the investigation. If it is determined that their service caused the fires they will be willing to pay damages. But at this point no official specific cause or  fault has been determined.



A series of townhouses have been the scene of two recent fires and is now the scene of a new fire this morning.

Around 11:24 a.m. on Dec. 7 a fire was reported at the Indian Head subdivision after witnesses saw smoke coming from one of the homes.

Firefighters were called to a townhouse around 6 a.m. this morning and were there to fight a fire over the weekend.

We have a crew on the way to the scene now, keep checking back for details.