Garage fire halts traffic on W.Va. 2

FRIENDLY-A garage fire halted the commute on West Virginia 2 near the Pleasants/Tyler County line Tuesday morning.

Firefighters from three volunteer departments contained the fire just off W.Va. 2 in Friendly in Tyler County.

Lt. Craig Pritchett of the Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department said crews were dispatched to Brent’s Carryout in Friendly around 7:15 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find a single-story, cinderblock garage fully engulfed in flames.

“The owner was the one who called it in,” Pritchett said. “He stated when he got there this morning it was on fire.”

Pritchett said VFDs from St. Marys and Paden City were also called to respond. The carryout was across from the post office in Friendly.

Because of the fire’s proximity to the road, the highway was closed for approximately two hours while emergency crews went to work. Pritchett said the power line feeding the structure and spanning the road was burnt and collapsed.

Crews were on-scene for more than three hours. Pritchett said the garage was a total loss, but the adjoining carryout was salvaged.

“The owner (Brent Cox of Friendly) has plans to reopen it,” Pritchett said. “All the merchandise was salvaged.

“Basically, where the fire originated was where it was contained. That was the garage.”

Pritchett said the garage contained a tractor, a motorcycle, tools and parts, all of which were destroyed. He could not put a figure on the monetary loss. Cox had no insurance on the structure.

Pritchett said the cause of the fire appears to be electrical in nature and nothing suspicious was found.

“There were no injuries and no insurance,” he said.