3/25/2014 5:06 PM
by Rachael Cardin
BECKLEY - A fire in Raleigh County is being called suspicious on Tuesday by Sophia City Fire officials.
Chief of the Sophia City Fire Department, Jeffrey Pittman, said they responded to a structure fire on Stover fork road just after 12:15 PM. Nobody was home when the fire started and no pets were in the building. Livestock lived in the vicinity of this burning house, so firefighters kept the fire contained to ensure safety to the surrounding area. Residents had recently moved out of the enflamed trailer to a house just next door. Officials said the cause is suspicious. Sophia City, Sophia Volunteer and Mabscott Volunteer Fire Department all responded.
"There was no one living in the house, they were in the process of moving out...no electricity on the building so it is suspiciously set. They don't have insurance on it so its not an insurance job or anything like that so we'll contact the Fire Marshal's office," said Pittman.
Chief of the Sophia City Fire Department said because the house was not covered by insurance, it will be up to the family whether or not they want the Fire Marshal's office to do a full cause investigation.