Late Christmas Evening House Fire Leaves Two People Injured

A house fire on late Christmas evening left two of its occupants with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Pancho Flores, assistant fire chief for the Moundsville Volunteer Fire Department.

Units responded to the fire at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Fourth Street house. Residents Donald and Rebecca Cox were outside the the home when units arrived and were later transported to a local medical facility for treatment, Flores said. Donald Cox suffered from smoke inhalation and Rebecca Cox was treated for burns on her hand. The family’s dog also escaped the fire, Flores said.

The house’s living room, its two windows and the front door were heavily damaged by the flames. There was some smoke damage in other rooms and two windows were removed for ventilation purposes, Flores said. He said the fire took about 30 minutes to extinguish.

“The cause of the fire is still undetermined pending further information,” Flores said. “The fire seems to have originated from the living room, however. It was a pretty good size.”

Jim Wheeler, who lives several houses down the street, said he witnessed the fire while walking his son to his car.

“We heard some yelling and saw the fire and saw the woman was standing outside,” Wheeler said. “We saw one window was on fire and the siding on the house was melting and then a window busted. Thankfully, everyone was out of the house.”