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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May God bless our fallen brothers
from all the brothers and sisters of the CEREDO FIRE RESCUE we send our thoughts and prayers out to the family and freinds of our fallen brothers.
Local 4405 with the Midland Fire Department would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the families of the fallen firefighters and their co-workers. God Bless you and cherish you.
Rest in Peace Brothers.
Yeah thats true! One was unit 1307 a 49 year old veteran and unit 1323 a 26 year old that had a couple years in the line! Our condolences to the family's ( Both Fire and personal)
Visitation is Monday, Feb 23rd from 6pm - 9pm at the Summersville National Guard Armory ....3 Armory Way, Summersville, WV The Funerals will be at the same location. Johnnies at 10:30 am and Tmmy's at 2:30 pm..
Simon Coleman Funeral is in charge if the arrangements. There number is 304-846-2622


Please keep the families of the fallen firefighters in your thoughts and prayers. Also, remember there brothers and sisters at CBC Fire Department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fellow firefighters. Also to the members of their fire dept.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen firefighters as well as their fellow firefighters at their station. May God be with you all.
my heart and prayer goes out to the fire dept i greive with yall as we have lost 2 of our bravist men i will be praying for everyone and the familys
My condolences go out to the families of our fallen brothers. May GOD place his hands upon you in this time of your loss. Has there been any announcement of funeral details?
we here at macedonia v.f.d in gaffney south carolina just wanted to say we are sorry to here about the two firefighters our condolences to there families and to there fire dept .
Rest in peace my brothers. God watches over you and your families.

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