Firefighters are having troubling identifying a cause for the Monongah fire that sent one man to the hospital.
The storm over the weekend covered the scene in snow and investigators won't be able to get into the house to look for a cause until the weather gets warmer. Officials say it's possible the snow has ruined the scene, and a cause won't be able to be determined. The man injured in that fire, Brian Coleman, is still in critical condition in the West Penn Burn Center.
Brian Coleman is in critical but stable condition at the West Penn Burn Center after he was badly injured in a house fire in Monongah Saturday morning.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
A fund for the Colemans has been set up at the First Exchange Bank to help them with their medical bills and housing costs. Checks can be mailed to
Brian and Ann Coleman
First Exchange Bank
P.O. Box 388
Mannington, WV 26582
You can also drop off donations at bank locations in Fairview, Mannington, Barrackville, and Fairmont.
UPDATE (03/01/2014 6:45 p.m.):
Firefighters confirmed to 5 News that Brian Coleman is in critical condition after he was injured in a house fire in Monongah early Saturday morning.
Officials told 5 News that both Coleman and his wife were in the home at the time.
Firefighters say that when the couple woke up in the middle of the night, they heard a sound like their dryer was running. That's when they discovered their house was on fire. When crews arrived, the home and an SUV parked out front were covered in flames. Both were destroyed.
Fire officials said both Coleman and his wife got out of the home safely at first, but he went back into the home to try to save their three dogs. Because of that, he suffered from smoke inhalation and severe burns. He had to be flown to a burn center for treatment. The pets didn't make it out of the home alive.
Coleman had to be put on a ventilator at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.
There's still no word on what exactly caused the fire, but keep it to 5 News for updates.
One person had to be flown early Saturday morning after a fire destroyed a home in Marion County.
5 News hasn't received many details on how the fire started on Main Avenue around 1:30 a.m. in Monongah, but several fire departments from both Marion and Harrison Counties all responded to the scene.
As soon as we get any updates, we'll let you know.
Mar 04, 2014 at 7:18 PMFundraising efforts have been started to help Brian Coleman and family. I'm heading all efforts and donations. Team Heavenly Hoagies shirts are being sold currently and a spaghetti dinner/dance is scheduled for April 12th, tickets on sale tomorrow. Also a Pampered Chef online party has been started with 15% of sales being donated. Clothing donations will be accepted tomorrow evening at 630 at the Monongah Town Hall during a volunteer meeting for anyone who wants to help with fundraising efforts. I can be contacted at 3046945554 or Ashley Hunt on Facebook. Any and all help is appreciated. Thank you!