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Martinsburg Home Destroyed by Fire

A Martinsburg home along Ripe Berry Lane was destroyed in a fire Sunday morning.

MARTINSBURG, Wv.— A Martinsburg home was destroyed in a fire Sunday morning.

Firefighters say the fire started at around 8 a.m. along Ripe Berry Lane, and spread quickly due to the weather.

"High winds that we had at the time of the fire played a major part with the fire spreading as quickly as it did," said Mulligan.

Multiple agencies from the area responded to the fire, which took about an hour and a half to put out.

"The fire started on the first floor and spread to the second floor upon my arrival,” said Brian Mulligan, chief of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department. “Within a matter of minutes the second floor ceiling collapsed. And then after the first engine's arrival, the second floor collapsed onto the first floor."

Officials say there were about 15 people in the house for a family reunion when flames began to spread. One person was reportedly injured and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Firefighters say the family who owns the home is now being helped by the Red Cross. They estimate the damage totals around $500,000.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing.

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