By Beth Christian Broschart
The Parsons Advocate
CANAAN VALLEY – Tucker County Emergency Officials said a fire that broke out about 3 p.m. Tuesday on Cortland Road in Canaan Valley had more than 24 units responding to help. Darla Stemple, Director of the Tucker County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management/E-911, said the fire was in one of the Talheim Condominiums.
Stemple said emergency units remained on the scene until late Tuesday night trying to protect the adjacent building. The building, which contained six vacation rental units, was declared a total loss.
According to Stemple, units responding to help with the blaze include Canaan Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Davis Volunteer Fire Department, Thomas Volunteer Fire Department, Parsons Volunteer Fire Department, Tucker County Emergency Medical Services, the Department of Highways, W.Va. State Police, Tucker County Sheriff’s Department, as well as personnel and apparatus from Grant County, Randolph County, Pendleton County, Pocahontas County and Garrett County, Md. Units from Harman and Bayard were also assisting at the scene.
Stemple said Seneca Rocks Fire Department is covering the Canaan Valley Fire Station and Mt. Storm is covering Davis Fire Station. Mount Grove is covering for the Thomas Fire Department and Leading Creek Fire personnel are covering the Parsons Volunteer Fire Station. The Gorman Fire Department sent a ladder truck to assist at the scene.
Stemple said no one was transported from the scene with any injuries. She said that the American Red Cross was contacted and said Don McFarlan from the State Parks took food and water to those fighting the blaze.