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Old 02-26-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

HINTON —

Nearly an entire city block in downtown Hinton has been razed and residents in 11 homes are displaced after an arsonist started two separate fires around 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Hinton Police Chief Derek Snavely said Billy Joe Gill, 25, of Hinton, was arrested and charged with 1st Degree Arson, a felony. He is believed to be responsible for both incidents.

Hinton Fire Chief Ray Pivont said the fire department responded to a fire in a two-story structure on Fifth Avenue near the Hinton waterpark and Summers Street around 1:25 a.m.

Only 30 minutes later and while on the scene of the first fire, the fire department was called to a second structure fire in the 800 block of Temple Street at a group of apartments knows as “the brick row,” he said.

Pivont said additional fire departments throughout the county and from neighboring counties were called to assist; however, the fire spread rapidly, leaving the entire complex containing 10 apartments in 5 closely neighboring buildings a total loss.

No one was injured in the fires.

“I know today marks a day in history that many will never forget,” expressed Snavely. “Today we nearly lost a dozen homes, but we are so blessed that none of our citizen or first responders were injured.”
Nearly a complete city block in Hinton destroyed by early morning arson » Today's Front Page » The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


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Old 02-26-2013, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Winfield, WV
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That's terrible but glad that nobody was hurt
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:12 PM
 
Location: WV/Va/Ky/Tn
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This was on the news and in the papers this morning, a tragedy that have left many homeless and a blight on the town. Hinton is a nice clean town that has a small tourism industry.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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I wouldn't exactly call it clean, but I was/is working on fixing its blight issues...


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Old 02-27-2013, 10:36 PM
 
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Wow... those old townhouses, which essentially comprised one big building, were built without fire walls.
It's a miracle nobody was hurt. They were all basically gutted. The real shame in a case like this is all
the irreplaceable personal items that just can't be replaced. If they had insurance, the people will move
on from this. The memories? Not so easily.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:59 AM
 
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Seems like a lot of small, historic WV towns have been destroyed by arsonists in recent years... such as beautiful Sutton.
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