Camden Avenue blaze claims first fire death of 2018

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Firefighters from the Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a fire in this apartment building at 1208 Camden Ave. Friday evening.

PARKERSBURG — After extinguishing an apartment fire on Camden Avenue, the Parkersburg Fire Department discovered the city’s first fire fatality on Friday.

Parkersburg Fire Department Capt. Brian Drake said a neighbor smelled smoke at about 5 p.m. and called for help. He said when the flames were out in the first floor apartment firefighters found the body of a 47-year-old man on the floor.

“He lived there and he was identified by his neighbors as the tenant of the apartment,” Drake said.

The identity of the fire victim was not released on Friday, pending notification of family.

Drake said the cause of the fire has been ruled accidental.

Photo by Jeffrey Saulton Parkersburg Fire Department Capt. Brian Drake said the department responded with 15 firefighters. He said there were also two fire inspectors and the state fire marshal on the scene.

Officials said there were no smoke detectors in the apartment at 1208 Camden Ave.

“It appears a combustible item got too close to a heat source,” Drake said. “We are not releasing his identity until his family has been notified.”

Drake said the estimated damage on the building, which had three apartments, is $15,000.

Drake said the department responded with 15 firefighters. He said there were also two fire inspectors and the state fire marshal on the scene.

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