Two people dead after house fire in Spencer

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ROANE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) UPDATE 3:28 p.m. — A fire broke out at six am on Saturday morning and took multiple crews from all different counties to put out the flames.

The first to see the home on Ripley road engulfed in flames was an off-duty Roane County Deputy and his wife.

“The deputy was able to get up to the rear door and force the door open and was able to pull a female and a male out of the house,” said Jason Baltic, Deputy State Fire Marshal.

Three family members were in this home during the fire.

“Unfortunately, at this time one was taken by EMS and transferred to further medical care. There have been two fatalities,” said Danny Cronin, Assistant Chief of Spencer Vol. Fire Department.

A total of five individuals lived in this home. Two males are deceased and a female was transferred to Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

The family members who occupied the basement of the home were out of town. As for their pets…

“We have recovered at least one canine, there is a possibility of two more. There was a cat we found which the humane society came and picked up,” said Baltic.

Other family farm animals that live on the property were not harmed by the fire or smoke. Neighbors we talked to are still in shock as to what they witnessed this morning.

The cause of this fire is still being investigated by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal.

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ROANE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — Two people have died, and one person was rescued after a house fire in Roane County early Saturday morning.

The fire was reported around 6:25 a.m. on the 5100 block of Ripley Road in Spencer.

An off-duty Roane County Deputy was in the area when he saw the fire. Five people reportedly lived in the house, but two were not home at the time of the fire. The deputy managed to pull out two people from the burning building, a man and a woman.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital.

Officials on scene say the man who was pulled from the fire didn’t survive. Another man who was left in the house also did not survive. Officials confirmed that a dog has also died from the fire.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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