A large fire damaged multiple apartments and businesses in southern West Virginia early Sunday morning.
The fire was reported around 12:20 a.m. in the area of Commerce Park in Chapmanville.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, but multiple apartments and businesses were damaged in the blaze.
13 News spoke to business owners who arrived on scene later in the morning to check out the damage, unlock their businesses and give any information they had to the State Fire Marshal to help lead the investigation.
The first business to open along the mall strip is Unique Kitchens & Baths, which was built in 1986 by a man and his wife after he got out of the mines. The store is now owned and operated by second generation relatives who truly felt disheartened when they saw 30+ years of hard work destroyed.
But over the course of those years, the Erlewines building a large clientele that they believe will help them overcome this tragedy.
The Logan Fire Department, Cora Volunteer Fire Department, Henlawson Volunteer Fire Department, Danville Volunteer Fire Department, Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department, Lake Volunteer Fire Department and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.
The flames took under two hours to put out and Chapmanville Fire Chief Tommy Perry said he was very proud of the teamwork that was put forth in fighting the fire.
At this time, it has been determined that the cause of the fire was purely an accident. Investigation still continues.
We will continue to update you with more information on this story as soon as we receive it.