WVDOT Releases More Info About 22-Year-Old who Died in Webster County Fire

WEBSTER SPRINGS, WV (WBOY) - UPDATE (12/7/17 at 10:00 a.m.):

The West Virginia Department of Transportation released the following statement about Stephen Cogar, 22, of Charleston, who died from smoke inhalation at the Webster County Division of Highways Headquarters:

Stephen was born July 02, 1995 in Charleston to his loving parents Steve and Sue Mullens Cogar of Bolair. He attended Elk Valley Chapel and was a former employee for Gil Crowe and J&S Hydraulic. He lived his life serving God and to hunt; bear hunting was his favorite. He loved fishing, especially bow fishing, playing basketball and baseball, and riding his rzr with all his best buds while jamming some tunes. He enjoyed camping, boating, riding his jet-ski with his lake crew, spending time with his family and friends at his favorite vacation spot Dollywood/Splash Country in Pigeon Forge, TN, always doing it while having a HUGE smile on his face.


UPDATE (12/4/17 at 12:45 p.m.):

Stephen Cogar, 22, was killed in an early morning fire Monday at the Division of Highways headquarters in Webster County, according to the Webster County Office of Emergency Services.

Webster County sheriff's deputies were sent to the headquarters at approximately 2:41 a.m. after receiving two 911 hang-up calls.

Cogar was found in the building, and crews began life-saving procedures, officials said. He was transported to Webster Memorial Hospital, where he later died. 

Webster Springs, Diana and Cowen Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene, along with Webster Memorial EMS, West Virginia State Police, and the Webster County Sheriff's Department.

The state fire marshal will continue to investigate.

Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice issued a statement Monday afternoon regarding Cogar's death.

"Cathy and I are heartbroken upon learning of the death of a West Virginia Division of Highways worker early this morning during a fire at the DOH headquarters in Webster County," Governor Justice said. "It's tragic to lose on our state employees, especially one so young. We ask all West Virginians to join us in praying for the family, friends and co-workers of this young man."


UPDATE (12/4/17 at 11:15 a.m.):

A 22-year-old man was killed in a fire at the Division of Highways headquarters in Webster County Monday morning, according to Webster Springs fire chief and mayor Don McCourt.

The man was the "night watcher," McCourt said, and was the only one in the building at the time of the fire.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal is on scene, as of 11:15 a.m., and will investigate.



A fatal fire in Webster County left one person dead.

Emergency responders were called at around 2:45 Monday morning to a fire at the Webster County Division of Highways building. The First Fire Apparatus responded shortly after. 

The name of the victim has not yet been released. 

As of 7:30 Monday morning emergency responders were still on scene. 

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