Firefighters respond to vehicle fire in Arlington
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Firefighters respond to vehicle fire in Arlington

August 19, 2016
By David D. Taylor, JD

Department spokesperson

ARLINGTON (WV) – At approximately 11:21 a.m. Thursday morning, the Upshur County Communications Center dispatched Banks District firefighters to a reported vehicle fire on WV Route 20 South Road on Pritt Mountain in the Arlington community. First arriving firefighters on scene reported a fully involved vehicle fire.

Connie R. Avery of Jane Lew, WV, told firefighters she was driving south on Route 20 South Road through the Arlington community and began to smell the odor of something burning inside the vehicle. When Avery stopped to investigate she no longer detected the burning smell. According to firefighters on scene, Avery had resumed her travels and as she began driving up Pritt Mountain she sensed the smell of something burning again and immediately flames began showing inside the vehicle from under the dash. Avery pulled of the roadway where she and her father, Billy M. Avery, of French Creek, were able to escape the burning vehicle without any injuries.

Avery’s vehicle, a 2008 GMC Yukon, was declared a total loss. The cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time.

No injuries to any firefighters battling this blaze were reported. Banks firefighters were assisted at the scene by firefighters from the Adrian Community Volunteer Fire Department.

To view additional still images and captured video from this incident, please click on the following OneDrive Drive links: https://1drv.ms/f/s!AkJZ43IeI4do1Wdu94TI_qjSbXJ3 and https://1drv.ms/f/s!AkJZ43IeI4do1ggAq2u5lKyWTrVg
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