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St. Clairsville home seriously damaged in Sunday night fire

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — First responders battled a blaze Sunday evening that severely damaged a home but caused no injuries.

Chief Tim Hall of the Cumberland Trail Fire District said the fire occurred at 102 Jessop Drive. Flames were apparent when emergency services arrived.

“The time of call was at 10:56 p.m. (Sunday) night and we arrived on scene at 11:01 p.m. The first arriving apparatus found heavy fire and smoke conditions on the back side of the house. They were able to extinguish it. The fire was under control in about 15 minutes. The house did sustain excessive damage to the upstairs kitchen, living room and downstairs garage and laundry room,” Hall said.

“We had initial report of multiple occupants with possible injuries,” he added. “Everyone was able to get out safely. No injuries to civilians or firefighters.”

He said there was no danger of the fire spreading to nearby houses.

“It was all contained to that one residence,” he said.

The fire’s cause has yet to be determined.

“The State of Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office is handling the investigation. One of their investigators was on scene (Monday) morning. It’s undetermined at this point, and the investigation is ongoing,” Hall said, adding the St. Clairsville Police Department assisted along with fire departments from Neffs and Barton and emergency squads from Brookside and Wolfhurst.

“I do know (the residents) are currently staying at a local hotel for the time being,” Hall said.

Hall reminds the public to exercise caution and ensure smoke detectors and other household alarms and warning devices are well maintained.

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