The Wheeling Fire Department was busy Thursday, battling two fires within hours of each other in different sections of the city.
After putting out a fire at a North Wheeling home on Thursday morning, firefighters were called to the state highway in Woodsdale Thursday afternoon to put out a fire originating from the trash can in the back of a garbage truck.
Around 10:35 a.m. Thursday, firefighters were called to 610 Main Street, where flames and heavy smoke could be seen coming from the second floor of the residence. Initially, there was a report of a possible entrapment inside, but soon after firefighters arrived, they learned that all occupants were safe to escape.
Firefighters were able to bring most of the blaze under control in about 20 minutes. The house was heavily damaged by fire and cannot be occupied at the moment. WV State Route 2 was closed in both directions for about an hour.
No firefighters were injured. Fire investigators will work to determine a cause of the fire, which could take several days.
Then early Thursday afternoon, firefighters received a call at National Road near Heiskell Ave. There they found a Jochum Refuse truck with smoke and fire coming out of the back. The driver pulled into a mall parking lot and emptied the contents of the box, allowing firefighters to extinguish the flames. No one was hurt.