UPDATE: Man dead after vehicle fire at Clarksburg gas station


CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A man has died as a result of a vehicle fire at a gas station in Clarksburg.

The man’s death was ruled a suicide by investigators.

There was “no criminal activity or foul play was found at the conclusion of the investigation,” according to Clarksburg Police Chief Mark Kiddy.

Courtesy: RJ Lamp

On Friday, firefighters with the Clarksburg Fire Department received a call of a vehicle fire at the Go-Mart location on West Pike Street at 7:23 a.m., according to officials with the fire department.

When fire crews arrived on scene, they found a working car fire which resulted in the death of the man, officials said.

Harrison County EMS was not called to the scene due to the reported fatality, and for that same reason the state fire marshal’s office was called to assist with an investigation, according to the fire department.

After extinguishing the fire, the vehicle — with the victim still inside — was taken to the fire department’s Ohio Avenue substation so that an investigation could take place without interference, because the vehicle was considered a crime scene, officials said.

While on scene at the substation, crews extricated the victim and performed a search of the vehicle, according to the fire department.

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