UPDATE (11:14 p.m. on Friday, April 14): Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley tells 13 News that a man accused of setting the fire that killed Mullens was arrested on Friday.
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UPDATE (5:51 p.m. on Friday, April 14): The West Virginia Division of Forestry says the fire is contained. Fire officials say it is being monitored, and that it spread across thousands of acres.
There is no word on what caused the fire.
It may take a couple of days for the fire to burn out completely, but wet weather in the weekend forecast is expected to help put the flames out.
The West Virginia Division of Forestry is reminding people that during spring fire season, burning between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. is prohibited.
FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOWK) — A West Virginia Division of Forestry worker was killed while fighting a forest fire in Fayette County on Thursday.
Cody Mullens, 28, of Mt. Hope, was killed by a falling tree while fighting a forest fire near Montgomery, according to a press release from Gov. Jim Justice.
“Cathy and I are heartbroken by the tragic news of losing one of our own,” Gov. Justice said. “Our state foresters are some of the most dedicated workers in our state, putting their lives on the line to protect our communities from wildfires, and we owe them all, especially Cody, an enormous debt of gratitude.