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Quality Inn in WV Closed Due to Electrical Fire & Explosion

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA — A stubborn fire in an electrical junction box in a utility room at the Quality Inn outside Harpers Ferry will keep parts of the facility closed for at least a day until repairs can be made, Scott Biller, assistant chief of the Friendship Fire Department, said Tuesday.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire. As many as 20 employees and hotel guests were evacuated from the hotel/restaurant on U.S. 340 south of Harpers Ferry.

Firefighters tried unsuccessfully twice to put out the flames with dry powder. They gave up because the current continued to arc violently, Biller said. He pulled his crew away from the fire scene moments before an explosion rocked the utility room.

Firefighters waited until a crew from Allegheny Power arrived to cut the main power supply before the flames could be doused, Biller said.

Additional units were called in as a precaution, he said.

No damage estimate was given.

Story via The Herald-Mail