UPDATE (5:55 p.m., Jan. 23, 2023): The Huntington Police Department (HPD) released the name of a woman found dead after an apartment fire on Washington Avenue.

According to HPD, Patricia Preston, 55, of Huntington, was found around 8:10 p.m. by a family member. The family member realized it looked like there was a recent fire in Preston’s apartment, HPD says.

Emergency responders arrived to investigate the matter, HPD says. Preston’s body was sent off to be investigated by the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office.

So far, investigators say they believe a fire occurred in the apartment, but eventually went out and did not spread to other units.

Investigators say there is no suspicious evidence at this time.


UPDATE (4:05 p.m., Jan. 23, 2023): 13 News continues to speak with neighbors and apartment officials about the body found following a Sunday night fire in Huntington.

Neighbors along Washington Avenue say they are shocked and confused about what happened.

On Monday, 13 News had a team on-site and found the apartment unit looks intact.

Apartment officials say they are not sure how this happened.

Maintenance man Danny Burns says he quickly took action after a call about an odor of smoke and chemicals. He says he could not find anything, but shortly after there was a knock at his door. It was the fire department saying a unit was on fire, Burns says.

“I was inside watching TV — I had no idea that it was on fire,” Burns says. “When they came up to me, I went and got all my keys and opened the apartments up to make sure the fire didn’t spread.”

Neighbors say they were ordered to evacuate while crews extinguished the fire and checked other apartments.

13 News reached out to investigators and is awaiting a response.

This is a developing story. Stay with 13 News for updates.


UPDATE (12 p.m., Jan. 23, 2023): 13 News Reporter Anna King interviewed residents on Washington Avenue in Huntington after a body was found during a Sunday night fire.

Residents say they awoke to sirens from Huntington’s police and fire departments arriving at the scene.

Neighbors say they evacuated while firefighters extinguished the flames. One neighbor says officials even had to check their individual electrical unit as a precautionary measure.

“It’s pretty shocking, to be honest with you,” neighbor Logan Buzzard says. “My truck was literally right in front of the door, so that could have been very bad considering I’m in college and everything.”

Neighbors believe the blaze began with a couch fire. Huntington’s emergency officials say they are currently investigating the cause.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found one body, according to Bryan Chambers with the City of Huntington.

13 News reached out to Huntington Police Department for more details on what happened and additional information about the victim. Our team is waiting to learn more from police.

The victim’s name is not available at this time.

This is a developing story. 13 News will provide updates as soon as possible.


HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — Officials say one person is dead following an apartment fire on Sunday night in Huntington, West Virginia.

Chambers says a call came in about a fire within the 500 block of Washington Avenue around 8 p.m. on Sunday night. Crews responded and found a body at the scene.

The name of the victim is not available at this time.

Bryan Chambers with the City of Huntington says the city’s police department and deputy fire marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.

The West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office was also notified, Chambers says.

This is a developing story. Stay with 13 News for updates.