UPDATE: Fire damage to South Park structure totals $15,000

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UPDATE (September 2, 2020 2:56 p.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Morgantown Fire Department has released further information about a structure fire that happened on Park Street located in the South Park neighborhood of Morgantown early Wednesday morning.

Fire department officials stated that the initial call stated that there was a fire in the bathroom of the residence. Occupants of the residence were advised by MECCA Operators to evacuate the building. Morgantown Fire Department, along with officers of the Morgantown Police Department responded to the call, with the first units arriving on scene within three minutes of the notification.

Upon investigation, firefighters discovered a fire in the light and fan unit in the bathroom. The release explained that the fire, which was beginning to spread to the insulation and wooden structural members of the attic, was quickly extinguished. The attic area was then overhauled to check for fire extension. Fans were used to remove residual smoke from the building, according to officials.

According to the release, the cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical short in the light and fan unit. Damage to the building was estimated to be $15,000.

The structure is owned by Scott Batt of Morgantown.


ORIGINIAL (September 2, 2020 1:05 a.m.):

MORGANTOWN, W.Va – Emergency crews responded to the scene of a structure fire in Morgantown just after midnight on Wednesday.

According to the Monongalia County 911 Communication Center, first responders were alerted of the fire at 12:17 Wednesday morning on Park Street in Morgantown.

At this time there are no injuries being reported and the cause of the fire is unknown.

The Morgantown City Fire Department responded to the scene.

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