Update: The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office said they will be investigating the Newburg and Wallace fires on Friday.
A house that caught fire early Thursday morning in Preston County suffered severe damage, according to a neighbor.
The fire was reported before 5 a.m. on Market St. Five fire departments in all were on the scene, according to witnesses. A neighbor said a man and two dogs were in the home, but a smoke detector alerted them and they all managed to get out of the home safely.
A neighbor said the fire appeared to start in the basement area of the home.
Fire departments were able to keep the fire from damaging two nearby homes.
Several fire departments were busy early Thursday morning in Harrison and Preston Counties.
First, a house fire in Newburg was reported on Market St. at 4:43 a.m. Thornton VFD from Harrison County was called in to assist Newburg and Fellowsville fire crews. The Division of Highways was also called in later to help with traffic control.
Another fire broke out in Wallace in Harrison County shortly before 6 a.m. in a home on Rinehart Rd. The Lumberport, Folsom, and Nutter Fort Fire Departments all responded, along with Harrison EMS though no injuries were reported.
As of 7:45 Thursday morning, crews were still working both scenes. Check back for updates.