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Mason County fatal fire cause not possible to determine

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The cause of a fire in Mason County that ended in a man's death will remain undetermined.

According to the WV State Fire Marshal's Office, the extent of the fire made it impossible to determine the cause. 



Dallas Chapman, 84, died today after a fire engulfed his Mason County home.

At this time fire officials cannot comment on whether or not the fire was intentional or accidental but the home is clearly a total loss.

"I said please get out of the house get out of the house," Renee Pearce recalled her plea from early Friday morning.  "I tried to save him and I... I couldn't go back in."

The agony was evident on Pearce's face moments after learning that a man she had known her entire life died in a fire Friday morning.

"I lost my grandmother in that house my grandfather in that house now I don't have anyone except for my mom and dad," Pearce said.

Dallas Chapman was a loving family man who attended church every Sunday and Wednesday, according to family members.

"Me and my mom go check on him 2 3 times a day," Pearce said.  "In the heat like this you have to check on the elderly."

But when Pearce went to check on her grandfather this morning, she had no idea it would be the last time.

She says when her grandfather went to turn on this 100 pound propane tank, fire erupted and she went in to try to save him.

"I went in and got on the floor and I crawled but I couldn't see him and the smoke was suffocating me," she said.

"With this kind of heat and humidity it doesn't help matters and it burns pretty intense," assistant fire marshall Brad Hartley said.

In fact, it was so intense that two firefighters had to be treated for heat related illness at the scene.  They are both expected to be okay.

Now, with a family patriarch passed away due to propane tank troubles, the fire marshall hopes to turn this tragic loss into a teaching moment.

"Anytime you have an open source type of fuel or heat you have the potential for something happening so everybody needs to be really careful about it," Hartley said.

Dallas Chapman's family is already working on funeral arrangements.



First responders and the WV State Fire Marshal's Office responded to a fatal fire this morning in Mason County.

According to our crew on the scene, a body was found in the fire.  Two firefighters were given medical attention after suffering from heat related illnesses.

The fire broke out on Whitten Ridge Road about 10 a.m.  Multiple fire departments responded to the fire.

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