UPDATE: Authorities say the victim of a house fire in Gallagher this morning was an 85-year-old man. Officials say they are still not sure if the fire was the cause of the man’s death.

According to Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Steve Shanklin, there was also an explosion at the scene after the fire.

“We were getting the line off the truck when the explosion happened,” Shanklin said. “Knocked one of my firemen down, injured me in the head – a laceration in the head – and the other fireman wasn’t hurt. Debris flew from, I don’t know, a hundred yards or so.”

The man’s name has not been released at this time.


KANAWHA COUNTY, WV (WOWK) – Authorities found one person dead in a house fire in Kanawha County, according to Metro dispatchers.

Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers say they received a call around 11:06 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, of a house fire on Middle Patch Road in Gallagher.

Dispatchers say at this time, authorities are not sure if the fire is the cause of the person’s death.

Crews have knocked down the fire, dispatchers say. Fire units from Pratt, Montgomery and East Bank responded along with Kanawha County medics.