UPDATE: More information released after one found dead in DOH fire


According to Webster County 911, officials received two hang-up 911 calls from a cell phone Monday.

The calls were traced to the phone of Stephen Cogar, who had been in contact with dispatchers via social media before the calls.

After multiple attempts to call Cogar back via his cell phone and at the Division of Highways headquarters in Webster Springs where he was located, Webster County Sheriff's deputies were sent to investigate.

Deputies discovered a fire at the headquarters. The Webster Springs VFD, Cowen VFD, Diana VFD, Webster Memorial EMS, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, WV State Police, and the Webster County Coroner were dispatched to the scene.

Cogar, 22, was discovered inside of the building. He was transported to to Webster County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead after multiple attempts to save his life.

The WV State Fire Marshal is investigating.

Original Story
Authorities say a worker has died from a fire at the West Virginia Division of Highways headquarters in Webster County.

WCHS-TV reports that emergency units arrived at the facility in Cherry Falls shortly before 3 a.m.

Carrie Jones, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation, says the worker, whose identity was not immediately disclosed, died of smoke inhalation and was employed at the agency since October.

The Webster County Sheriff's Office is investigating. The state Fire Marshal's Office sent personnel.


Information from: WCHS-TV, http://www.wchstv.com
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12/4/2017 12:59:59 PM (GMT -5:00)