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Vacant apartment complex burns again; arson suspected

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 5:55 AM EDT
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UPDATE 5/14/21 @ 6 p.m.

LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A large, vacant apartment complex caught fire again Friday morning in Logan.

According to the Logan Fire Department, the structure has caught fire several times in recent years.

The fire started just after 5 a.m. in the three-story building on Cole Street.

Firefighters tell WSAZ while the apartment complex was vacant, it has been known to have squatters.

“Every city has that issue, seems to be where we have it at,” Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett said.

Beckett says the fire appears to have been intentionally set, and they are treating it as arson. State and city fire marshals are investigating.

Beckett also reports the fire burned from the basement up to the top floor, compromising the structure of the building.

“It’s way different when you start getting four stories off the ground ... they set the fire escapes on fire, so we had one way in and one way out,” Beckett said.

He says about $3,000 worth of fire equipment was damaged fighting the fire, and that number could go up as they continue to check their equipment.

As the investigation continues, Beckett says he is starting the process of getting the building torn down.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 5/14/21

LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A large, vacant apartment complex is engulfed in flames.

According to the Logan Fire Department, the building is a three-story apartment complex in the 600 block of Cole Street. The call came in just after 5 a.m. Friday.

Firefighters tell WSAZ this apartment complex was vacant, but is known to have squatters.

No word on what started the fire or if anyone is injured.

A WSAZ news team is headed to the fire scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

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