Updated: October 22, 2017 at 2:46 p.m. An industrial fire in Parkersburg has destroyed a warehouse and has sent smoke hundreds of feet into the air. The fire, which started about 1 a.m. Saturday, is expected to burn for days as emergency crews currently have no timeline as to when the fire will be out. Thick black smoke continued to billow Sunday afternoon from the building that was once an Ames tool plant. The Wood County Commission declared the site a disaster area and advised people to stay indoors.
Appalachia is bleeding population; the 2015 U.S. Census showed West Virginia was losing population faster than most other states. There’s a struggle to leave, and to stay.