UPDATE: Investigators rule Morgantown fire intentional

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UPDATE (June 3, 2020 6:44 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – According to a release, Investigators from the Morgantown Fire Department have determined the fire that occurred last night at 416 Beechurst Avenue was intentionally set.

The release stated that the building was vacant at the time of the fire and had no connected utilities. Damages to the building were estimated to be $110,000.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Arson Hotline at (304) 225-3586.


ORIGINIAL (June 2, 2020 12:51 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Emergency crews were called to the scene of a working structure fire in Morgantown early Wednesday morning.

According to the Monongalia County 911 Communication Center, first responders were alerted to the fire at 416 Beechurst Ave. around 11:50 Tuesday night.

When they got there, firefighters found a working fire in the rear of the building which quickly spread to the second and third floors, officials said. Firefighters were able to search the building and confirm that no one was inside, they said. Off-duty personnel were called in to backfill stations while crews fought the fire, according to a news release.

The building, which is owned by Grandeotto, Inc. of Clarksburg, was heavily damaged by the fire and is considered a total loss, the release said. The Morgantown Fire Marshals Division will conduct an investigation into the fire.

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