Terrain, hydrant distance hamper firefighters in Morgantown Sunday

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Firefighters in Morgantown battled a two alarm fire Sunday in the 300 block of Jerome Street.

Approximately 9:30 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 385 Jerome Street. The structure is located at the end of Alcova Street, which is not within city limits.

Firefighters were hampered early on by steep terrain and the closest fire hydrant was 1,600 feet away from the scene. The roof and several sub-structures made the fire difficult to bring under control. However, firefighters were able to clear the scene a little after midnight.

Damage was estimated at $50,000 in damages and no injuries were reported. Since the home is not within city limits the State Fire Marshal will conduct the investigation.