Two West Virginia Firefighters Killed in Blaze


Posted: 02-20-2009
Updated: 02-20-2009 02:05:56 PM

ANNA BAXTER
Courtesy of WSAZ-TV


CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. -- Two firefighters were killed Thursday night while fighting a fire in Nicholas County, West Virginia.

The fire happened just after 10 p.m. at a trailer on Route 20 in Craigsville.

A firefighter with Craigsville tells WSAZ.com that the two firefighters killed were with the Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department. He says no other information is being released at this time, but calls the situation a tragedy.

A crisis team from Charleston is headed to the scene, as well as investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office.

The chief of the Craigsville-Beaver Volunteer Fire Department held a news conference Friday morning, but didn't release any additional information.

Tim Blake asked the media not to ask any questions during the briefing, but he did say the West Virginia State Fire Marshal is at the scene investigating the fire that killed two volunteer firefighters.

Their names are still not being released.

"We ask you to please keep the firefighters' families in your thoughts and prayers," Blake said. "We also want to thank those who offered us assistance."

Firefighters from Summersville, Richwood, and Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Departments helped put out the fire. Several of those firefighters attended Friday morning's news conference.

The fire chief plans to have another news conference Friday afternoon to release more information.

Republished with permission of WSAZ-TV.

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