Fire destroys Wirt County home

A residence in Munday was deemed a total loss by fire on Thursday afternoon. Several agencies responded and had the fire contained within 30 minutes of their arrival. (Photo Provided)

MUNDAY — A residence at 298 Piggott Place in Munday in Wirt County was deemed a total loss from a fire Thursday afternoon.

No injuries were reported, officials said.

According to Wirt County Fire Chief Steven Settle, the call came in at 1:16 p.m. Thursday. The structure was a seasonal residence with the owner living full time in Kanawha County.

The fire started when an ATV burst into flames while the homeowner was working on the other side of the house, Settle said. The ATV was parked between the house and the garage. Both caught on fire. Flames also reached a nearby tractor, Settle said.

The cause of the fire in the ATV is not known, Settle said.

A home and garage at 298 Piggott Place in Munday were destroyed in a fire Thursday afternoon. The fire started from a nearby ATV. (Photo Provided)

Aside from a small piece of property, the fire didn’t spread. About a quarter of an acre was on fire but it was out by the time the fire department got there, Settle said.

Four trucks and 14 Wirt County volunteer firefighters were on the scene. They happened to be at the station at the time of the call and were able to respond within a minute of the call. They were working on their building addition, according to Settle.

The residence was about 17 miles from the fire station situated on a winding road.

“It took us about 30 minutes to get there,” Settle said. “It was fully involved when we got there. There was nothing to salvage.”

After about 30 minutes, the fire was contained but responders were on the scene for about two hours, Settle said.

A house and garage in Munday caught fire from an ATV Thursday afternoon. (Photo Provided)

Other responders were members of the Grantsville volunteer fire department, the Wirt County Emergency Squad, the Wirt County Sheriff’s Department and the Division of Natural Resources.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.


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