CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Multiple crews responded to the scene of a working fire at a residence just outside of Clarksburg before noon on Wednesday, according to Harrison County 911.
911 officials said that crews arrived on scene after receiving a report of smoke coming from a residence on Thorn Stop Circle in Harrison County at 11:39 a.m. Reynoldsville, Nutter Fort, Spelter and Stonewood fire departments all responded to the scene, according to 911 officials. The Bridgeport Fire Department was returned while en route to the scene, officials said.
911 officials also stated that Harrison County EMS is on scene for standby, but no injuries have been reported.
Reynoldville fire officials said no one was at home at the time of the fire. However, officials said two animals were sent to the vet, while multiple pets were rescued from the home by fire crews.
Lahoma Cropp, daughter of the owner of the house, said that her mom has 9 cats and 2 dogs. “She loves her cats,” Cropp said, “They came to her or she found them and nobody was taking care of them, so they mean a lot to her…if she loses one of these animals, it’s like losing one of her children.”
At least one of the cats that were rescued from the fire has severe burns, but officials said that it should recover.
“My cousin stays in a camper trailer and if she hadn’t been here to help get the animals, we wouldn’t be able to save what we have saved, because they don’t go to just anybody,” said Cropp.
Cropp also said she wants to thank the firefighters for their hard work on saving the home and the animals.