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Fire Damages Homes on Wheeling Island; No One Hurt

Wheeling Island

Authorities are searching for the cause of a fire that tore through a row of houses on Wheeling Island.

Wheeling Fire Department spokesman Philip Stahl told media outlets no one was injured in the fire that was reported at 12:09 a.m. Monday when a resident heard a smoke alarm going off. As many as 50 firefighters battled the fire for more than three hours.

Stahl said six houses were damaged or destroyed. Many of the houses along the street were vacant. Two families were displaced and many surrounding homes were evacuated.

Stahl said it’s the city’s largest fire since 2011.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.