(12/24/2001)

Fire leveled the Kevin Wease residence early Monday on Annamoriah Creek on the Joker-Hur Road about two miles from State Route 5. Wease and his wife went Christmas shopping in Parkersburg.

Wease's sons, Mike and Larry, escaped from the burning structure shoeless and unharmed. Mike Wease said the fire started near a furnace.

Flames shot fifty feet into the air, fully engulfed before the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department arrived. Nothing was saved. The fire was reported at 1:28 a.m.

The Wease homestead was a well-known old family home on the creek, and had been renovated several times over the years.

Two trucks and ten firemen doused water on the blaze, with none of the nearby outbuildings catching on fire. Calhoun EMS also responded to the scene.

Another fire Sunday destroyed a cabin belonging to Buster Parsons at the head of Clipstine near the Gilmer County line. Parsons lost his dog in the blaze.


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