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Residents, Business Owners React to Jefferson Co. Fire

Those who work and live in the damaged building on Hallton Road say they never thought something like that would ever happen to them.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, W.Va. - Officials are continuing to investigate a fire that broke out Friday night around 8 p.m. in Jefferson County.

Those who work and live in the damaged building on Hallton Road said they never thought something like that would ever happen to them.

"Next thing you know, [my fiancé] is screaming, ‘Fire, fire! Everybody get out.’ We looked over here to the end garage and there was just flames shooting out over the top of the roof and there was smoke everywhere. It was chaos," said Sharon Summers, who was displaced by the fire.

Firefighters were on the scene for about six hours Friday night as they worked to put out the blaze that destroyed an automotive shop and damaged several apartments and businesses.

Fire officials say the blaze started in the auto body shop, but crews were able to keep it from spreading too far.

The owner of the flea market across from the body shop says despite the damage, he is confident his shop will be able to reopen within a week.

"We just had a little bit of smoke damage and we're just waiting for the electricity to come back now,” said Mark Gruner. “As soon as that comes back we'll be open and ready to go."

Two families were displaced by the fire, but they say they are just thankful everybody got out safely.

"It was frightening,” said Summers. “But luckily nobody lost their lives. It could have been a lot worse"

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time, but officials say the fire marshal will assess the scene Monday to determine what started the blaze.

The displaced families are being helped by the Red Cross.

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