W.Va. Crews Get Creative During Water Crisis


Weirton firefighters had to get creative while battling a house fire Tuesday during a citywide water conservation order.

It happened at the intersection of School Street and Cross Street.

Tanker trucks from outside the city limit brought water to the scene so as not to further deplete the city's water reserves, still low after a massive break occurred Friday night.

"This fire didn't affect us at all," said utilities director Butch Mastrantoni. "The fire department did a fantastic job of of controlling the fire before it got out of control and they didn't touch one drop of city water."

The response was part of a an emergency plan in place since the water crisis started.

Fire Chief David Lashhorn said early response was crucial to conserving water.

"What can I say?" said Lashhorn. "We've got a good group of guys that do a good interior attack. They were able to get it knocked down with that initial 1,500 gallons of water."

Lashhorn said there was at least one person living at the home, but no one was injured during the blaze.

The home is considered a total loss. Fire officials on Wednesday said that the fire started because of a cooking accident at the home.

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