Another vacant house burns in Parkersburg

The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1302 Ramsey St. early Wednesday. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Fire Department responded to another fire at a supposedly vacant structure at 1302 Ramsey St. early Wednesday morning, officials said.

The fire started on the second floor of the house toward the front, Fire Chief Jason Matthews said. It looks to have been intentionally set, he said.

The Fire Department is working with detectives from the Parkersburg Police Department to determine who has been seen going into and out of the home, Matthews said.

Although the house was posted as uninhabitable, a man had been living in the rear of the structure on the first floor, he said.

“He was able to exit safely,” Matthews said.

Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said it appears a Wednesday morning fire at this 1302 Ramsey St. house was intentionally set. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

The home has been boarded up and no utilities are connected, Matthews said, adding it was filled with trash and debris.

“It’s been like that for some time,” Matthews said.

Firefighters were dispatched at 3:07 a.m. and arrived at 3:10 a.m., Matthews said. The fire was extinguished in 10 minutes, but crews remained until shortly before 7 a.m. to douse hot spots.

“It did get into the attic,” Matthews said.

In February, Parkersburg’s Urban Renewal Authority voted to acquire the house for demolition. A neighboring vacant house is scheduled to be torn down by the city soon, Matthews said.

This is the second vacant house this week to which firefighters were called and the ninth fire overall at an empty house in the city.

Late Sunday night, they responded to a fire at 639 Madison Ave. that resulted in the structure being demolished on Monday. The cause of that fire remains under investigation.


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