PARKERSBURG -A south Parkersburg woman woke to smoke alarms late Thursday night and discovered her house on fire.
The Parkersburg Fire Department arrived at 2512 Ninth Avenue in south Parkersburg shortly before midnight to find the one-story house covered in smoke. Chief Fire Inspector Tim Flinn said when crews arrived on-scene flames were showing.
"We found light smoke and then flames appeared in the window," he said.
Parkersburg Firefighters search the perimeter of the Ninth Avenue home for possible hot spots. Crews were called to the house around midnight late Thursday night and found smoke and flames. The home's lone, female occupant escaped without injury.
Flinn said the home's lone female occupant, Vanessa Hart, got out of the house unharmed. Crews took care of the flames in moments, but the fire caused significant damage to the house with heavy smoke and some flames that melted the siding.
Flinn estimated damage to the structure at $35,000. He said the fire originated in a front room of the house, possibly a spare bedroom. Flinn said Friday morning the fire appears to be accidental in nature, but the exact cause has yet-to-be determined.
"We hope to talk to the occupant in more detail on what may have contributed to the cause, in the near future," he said.