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1 dead, dozens homeless due to apartment fire

December 19, 2018

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — One person has died and dozens of others were left homeless due to an apartment fire in West Virginia.

Wheeling Police Department spokesman Philip Stahl told news outlets the blaze was reported Tuesday afternoon at North Park Apartments. Stahl did not release the identity of the person who died. He said three people had to be rescued from windows, but no injuries were reported.

The Intelligencer reported flames burned a large hole in the side of the building, exposing several rooms to the elements.

Stahl said 22 apartments were damaged, but none of the 37 tenants are allowed to re-enter the building due to structural issues.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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