UPDATE: 'Suspicious' fire destroys old Oakland Hotel in Webster County

Published: Jul. 20, 2018 at 8:38 AM EDT
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An old abandoned hotel in Webster County is destroyed after a massive fire there, Friday morning.

According to a press release from the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, crews responded to reports of flames at the old Oakland Hotel just after midnight.

No injuries were reported.

The structure is being ruled a total loss. At least three vehicles and three structures nearby sustained heat damage.

Main St. in Webster Springs is closed while crews work to clean up the area.

Frontier Communications central office main phone lines sustained damage with some loss of service to some customers in the area. Crews are in route to begin making repairs.

Officials are calling the fire suspicious at this time.

Cowen VFD, Diana VFD, Hacker Valley VFD, Erbacon VFD, Craigsville VFD, Richwood VFD, Summersville VFD, Webster Memorial EMS, Webster Springs PD, and Webster Co. Sheriff Dept. responded to the scene.

The WV State Fire Marshall office has been called in to investigate.

Anyone with information about potential suspects is asked to contact the Webster Communications Center at (304) 847-7171.

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Multiple fire crews responded to the scene of a massive structure fire in Webster County.

According to the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, the incident happened at the Oakland Hotel on Main Street.

There's no word on if any injuries were reported or what caused the blaze.

5 News has reached out to officials at the Webster Springs VFD for more information.

Stick with 5 News for the latest in this developing story.