One woman dead in Jefferson house fire

West Virginia

UPDATE: (5:50 P.M. Oct. 5, 2021) – One woman is dead and a home is a total loss after a house fire this morning in Kanawha County. One neighbor tried to save the victim.

The fire broke out just before 6 a.m. on Friday Lane in Jefferson. Crews say the flames were the heaviest in the front and left side of the house. Firefighters from Jefferson and St. Albans responded to the scene.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic says there were two people at the home, but only one of them escaped.

“The adult make was able to escape; the adult female was not able to escape. She is deceased and was found in the residence,” Baltic said.

Neighbors tell WOWK 13 News the power had been out at the home and they woke up to a big explosion. Bruce Cook lives across the street and says he tried to help rescue the woman after hearing the commotion.

“As I was running, the deputy that was on the scene, we both ran over there, and they said that she was still in there. The girl that perished and we went through the back door but it was too hot. We screamed her name but it was just too late I guess, I really don’t know what was going on,” Cook said.

Crews confirmed the man was able to get out of the home.

“Basically he just said that he was asleep and got woke up choking on smoke and got out,” Jefferson Fire Chief John Vendergriff said.

Fire crews gave few details about the woman, but Cook says he went to church with her and she had fallen on hard times.

“I just, I think it’s a terrible thing and I think there is something else going on than what’s appeared,” Cook said.

An investigation is still under way, and the victim’s name has not been released. The fire marshal’s office says it was very heroic of the neighbor to try and save the victim, but he says it’s best to stay back and let fire crews do the work.


JEFFERSON, WV (WOWK) — One person has died after a house fire early Tuesday morning.

According to Metro-911, the call came in around 5:45 a.m. at a home on Friday Lane in Jefferson.

According to the Jefferson Fire Chief, two people were inside when the fire started, but only one of them made it out. Officials believe the fire started in the living room.

There is no word on what caused the fire but an investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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