Apartment fire in Huntington determined accidental

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UPDATE 4:20 p.m. Oct. 7, 2020 – Officials say a fire in Huntington this afternoon has been determined as accidental due to an electrical malfunction.

Six units in the building sustained damage from the fire. Officials say one has heavy fire damage, another has heavy water damage, and four have heavy smoke damage.

“We actually could see the smoke from Station One as we left to come on this call. As we pulled up, there was heavy fire blowing out the two windows on the second story. When the firefighters actually forced open the doors to the apartment, they were met with very high amount of heat, smoke, and flame.”

Chief Jan Rader, Huntington Fire Department

There was nothing many of the building’s tenants could do but watch.

“Scared! Like, I’m just like, is this my reality? Like I’ve had a lot of bad things happen to me and now it’s another thing. I’m just glad, I just wanted to make sure everybody got out.”

Nicole Stevens, lives in apartment building which caught fire

Fire Chief Jan Rader confirmed everyone was OK.

“We have nobody injured and we have no victims and that’s wonderful because you know, lives cannot be replaced. But material things can be replaced.”

Chief Jan Rader, Huntington Fire Department

The fire fighters on scene worked hard to make sure everyone was out, even sweeping through the building to reunite one owner with his furry friend.

“They actually found her! They went in there, they went to look for her, and they actually found her! They said they couldn’t find her when they first came out, but the went and found her the second time. I feel a lot better, this is what I was worried about, she’s my baby.”

Gregory White, lives in apartment building which caught fire
The moment when Gregory White, a resident of the building which caught fire, was reunited with his cat. (Photo Courtesy: 13 News Reporter Natalie Wadas)

UPDATE: 1:55 p.m. Oct. 7, 2020 – The fire has been contained with no injuries or causalities.

The cause of fire unknown at this time.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.


HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Huntington firefighters worked to quickly put out a fire at an apartment building on the corner of 8th Avenue and 3rd Street in Huntington.

The fire was first reported around noon Wednesday, and appears to have started on the second floor of the three story complex.

Firefighters were seen breaking windows to ventilate the floor, and smoke billowed up into the third floor.

Fire department officials also say they don’t suspect the cause of the fire to be suspicious but are waiting for the fire marshal to confirm the cause.

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