Massive Fire Destroys West Virginia Building


A massive fire early Tuesday caused part of a building to collapse, destroying two Wheeling business and apartments.

The blaze broke out at the Incline Bar & Grill on S. Frazier Avenue around 5 a.m.

Crews at the scene said the building also housed a catering business and had apartments on the top level.

Firefighters said, though people lived in the building, no one was inside at the time and there were no reported injuries. As of 8 a.m., the fire was still burning and South Frazier was still closed to traffic.

Bethlehem Fire Chief Paul Walters said the building was already destroyed when crews arrived.

Walters could not speculate on a cause, but said it appears the fire started in the bar area at the lower end of the building. He said the state fire marshal's office will be called in to investigate.

The business is in the Mozart section of the city right on the Ohio-Marshall county line. Firefighters from Bethlehem, Mozart, Wheeling and other local agencies responded. Walters said inclement weather made their job even more difficult.

"With the cold weather, it's been rough fighting the fire," he said. "With the cold weather and everything we had extra firefighters here so we can switch off and be safe."

He added that icy roads were a challenge.

"Nobody can do anybody any good if they have an accident on their way here," Walters said.

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