Fire destroys apartment building in Ravenswood


RAVENSWOOD, WV (WOWK) – An explosion sent the Washington Street Motel in Ravenswood up in flames around 10:00 a.m. on Friday. Dispatchers also received reports that someone might be trapped inside.

“I was doing some work in the basement, organizing some tools when I heard like a, like help, like he was hurt.”

Lawrence Wilfong, Apartment Maintenance

The call came for the fire came in around 9:55 a.m. Friday, March 5, 2021. The Ravenswood Fire Department responded with assistance from Ripley, Cottageville and other Jackson County fire departments. According to dispatch, two people were taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.

One tenant pulled his neighbor out of the blaze.

“She’s a big woman, it was hard to get her out, plus she had a broken leg. Pulled her out of there, I got her out of there.”

David Clarkcasto, Survivor

The motel has been converted into an apartment building and firefighters say several people have been displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The residents are thankful to have made it out alive.

“It’s kind of a bad situation, but everybody pulled together. It’s a nice community, we pulled together and helped each other. That’s what we’ve been doing for years,” Wilfong said.

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