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Piedmont Fire Destroys Multiple Buildings and Injures Two

A big portion of a small town burned down Thursday night. On Friday resident of Piedmont are trying to comprehend what's happened. The fire not only destroyed buildings, but injured two firefighters.
PIEDMONT, W.Va. - A big portion of a small town burned down Thursday night. On Friday residents of Piedmont are trying to comprehend what's happened. The fire not only destroyed buildings, but injured two firefighters. 

City officials say the fire started in a house and spread quickly. Multiple houses on 2nd Street and a business on Childs Avenue are a complete loss after a fire tore though them Thursday night. 

"The town is just really, just falling apart, and this is devastating to the community. It's getting run down and this is just one more section of the town that's been ruined," said Diana Moorehead, local business owner. 

Mark Tranum's sister's home was destroyed by the blaze. But on Friday he was grateful it wasn't worse. 

"There's just nothing. It's gone. All of it. Just out here going though it, seeing what's left and what we could salvage," said Tranum. 

Tranum says his nephew bought the building while he was serving in Afghanistan. 

"Now he's home from the war and this is what he had to come home to," said Tranum. 

Residents are devastated to see the destruction from the blaze. Many say they watched in terror Thursday evening as flames were visible across town. 

"I looked out my bedroom window and it just looked like a huge smoke cloud," said Moorehead. 

Less than 900 people live in Piedmont and resident say the area where the fire broke out is considered the heart of their town. Many say they're thankful the library wasn't burned down. There is smoke and water damage, however many souvenirs from the town that are on display on the libraries third floor remain untouched. The business next-door is a total loss. 

"I'm going to miss it. Hopefully I may be able to continue. I'll have to relocate it but once I get squared away and turned around I'll be able to continue,' said Robert Tayloe, business owner. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Officials say Thursday night's weather conditions made it difficult for the volunteer firefighters to get the blaze under control. More than 50 firefighters were called to the scene. 


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