Firefighters battle blaze Wednesday

WILLIAMSTOWN – A late afternoon fire Wednesday at 48 Maple Drive in Mullenix Addition near the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport caused considerable damage to the home owned by James L. Atkinson.

According to Capt. Paul Jordan of the Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department, the call was received at approximately 3:55 p.m. with four truck units from Williamstown and Waverly’s volunteer fire departments responding on scene within minutes.

“The first crews on scene did a wonderful job of making an interior attack and bringing the fire under control quickly,” Jordan said. “They managed to keep it to the living room and kitchen with other rooms sustaining smoke and heat damage. The hydrant at the bottom of the hill (leading into Mullenix Addition) was a good one, so that also helped containing it quickly.”

“The owner (Atkinson) reported he was cooking, was distracted as he let a dog into the yard and came back to find the kitchen on fire,” Jordan said. The cause of the fire is unknown, Jordan said Wednesday night.

The one-story vinyl-sided house was located off of West Virginia 31.

“We responded and Waverly came as backup. Between the two of us, we had about 16 firefighters on the scene. We usually don’t get that much manpower during the day so that was a big help getting everything knocked down quickly,” Jordan said.

Jordan said crews remained on the scene for two hours.

Jordan said Atkinson was the only person home when the blaze started. Jordan reported Atkinson moved into the home in February.

Jordan could not provide a dollar amount on damage. “It was considerable,” he said.

“The kitchen and living room will obviously have received the most amount of damage. However, he was very fortunate to still have his roof intact and other portions of the home. It will take a lot of work and effort, but he should be able to rebuild,” Jordan said.