CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Firefighters are investigating a fire in a vacant house in Nitro, the latest in a string of abandoned structure blazes across Kanawha County.
More than a dozen vacant homes and buildings have burned in the county since the beginning of the year, said C.W. Sigman, county fire coordinator.
"Most of our fires have been vacant properties," Sigman said. "We have lots of vacant houses around the county."
The Nitro fire occurred late Monday.
Firefighters went to the empty Washington Avenue home just after 11:30 p.m. Capt. A.J. Shinn told The Associated Press the fire apparently started in the garage and spread to the attic. No injuries were reported.
Sigman said most of the vacant houses he's seen burn over the last six months have been arsons.
"They were definite arsons," he said. "There's no power to the house and no one is supposed to be inside; you would logically assume it to be arson."
Sigman said most of the vacant houses that have burned have been stripped of copper wiring either before the fire or after. Thieves steal copper wiring to sell as scrap metal.
Firefighters have grown accustomed to battling blazes at empty houses, Sigman said.