UPDATE: (4:00 p.m. Nov. 29, 2021) – A fire that destroyed Wooten’s Garage and a nearby apartment has been determined to be an accident after an investigation.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office investigation revealed that the fire was caused by gas vapors being ignited while a fuel system on a vehicle was being repaired at Wooten’s Garage.
The fire destroyed Wooten’s Garage, the apartment building, six vehicles and damaged a business on the east side of Wooten’s. .
The investigation also revealed that Dickie Anderson, a retired Huntington firefighter who was at a nearby restaurant when the fire started, alerted seven people in the apartment building on the west side of Wooten’s which gave them enough time to escape.
UPDATE: (2:30 p.m. Nov. 25, 2021) – It’s a quiet scene on Thanksgiving afternoon on Third Avenue after the blaze Wednesday brought down Wooten’s Garage and caught the apartment building next to it on fire.
Kevin Heath, the building owner of the insurance business to the left of the rubble came by Thursday morning to check on his property. He says he feels lucky that the blaze narrowly missed his building.
“It was extremely close to the fire, yeah! I’d say probably within six feet… We’re pretty lucky the building didn’t catch fire, it’s just a matter of which way the wind was blowing yesterday. Obviously, it was blowing towards the other building,” Heath says, “I don’t know what operations are going to be like on Monday or next week while they look at our roof and try to figure out whether there’s any damage to the roof and you know, what’s going to continue on. I guess we’ll find out if it rains tonight.”
UPDATE: (5:30 P.M. Nov. 24, 2021) – Officials say a fire that started at a business in Huntington is now out.
According to first responders, two people in the Wooten’s Garage where the fire started and seven people in a next-door apartment building that also caught fire all got out safely.
There is still no word on what caused the fire, but Huntington Fire Chief Jan Radar says there was flammable material inside the building. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office will lead the investigation.
HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Crews are responding to a fire at a Huntington business.
Officials say a fire broke out at Wooten’s Garage in the 1400 block of 3rd Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.
The building has been completely destroyed, and a second building next to the business is still on fire. Cabell County dispatchers say no injuries have been reported.
Smoke could be seen from miles around and a resident, Justin Tyler, sent WOWK 13 News a video he took of the smoke from Marshall University’s campus. Another local resident Chuck Sanford also shared his video of the blaze with us.
The garage was open when the fire began, but there is no word on what caused the fire at this time. We have a crew on scene and will continue to update this story as we learn more details.