WSAZ Update, 9pm -- The State Fire Marshal's Office says Lt. Johnnie Hammons, 49, and Timothy Nicholas, 26, were the firefighters killed. Hammons was ann 11-year veteran, while Nicholas served for about a year. Investigators believe they might have died after the roof of the trailer collapsed. Read More at WSAZ.com >>

CRAIGSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) -- Two volunteer firefighters have died while fighting a fire in Nicholas County.

Craigsville Beaver Cottle Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Blake said in a statement Friday the two were killed after the department responded to a structure fire about 10 p.m. Thursday.

The fire occurred in the Cottle area.

The statement did not say how the fire is believed to have started, or how the two firefighters were fatally injured.

Their names were not released Friday morning.

The fire and the deaths are being investigated by the state Fire Marshal's office.

A call to the Fire Marshal's office was not immediately returned Friday.

FFN Update: A video of the 9 am press conference Friday by Tim Blake, Chief of the Craigsville-Beaver Volunteer Fire Department is posted online here or watch below.


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RIP brothers.
Rest in Peace brothers and may god be with your families and your dept
My condolences to the families and colleagues of the two firefighters who were lost last night while fighting a mobile home fire in West Virginia.
My prayers and condolences to the families, friends and fire department. My god comfort you in your time of need. My heart goes out to all of you.

Mindy Cloud
Wife of Firefighter Greg Cloud
Last Call 11/1/06
Our thoughts and prayers to thier families and friends. Rest in Peace Brothers
Farewell, my brothers, farewell ... "It is all in the master's hands". Prayers go out to the immediate family as well as that of the dept.
My thoughts & prayers go out to the family & members of these firefighters MILTTON RIVAS BOMBEROS MUNICIPALES GUATEMALA
My thoughts and prayers go out to the fallen members and their grieving families. My continued prayers go out to the department members left behind.

In regard to the fire itself. If the trailer was fully involved and all occupants made it out safely, then there was no need to risk human life for what is already lost.
May all who suffer from this loss seek comfort in Gods grace and be rewarded.
my thoughts and prayers go out to the firemens families and the dept.
my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and fire department
God Bless the families.

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