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UPDATE: Investigators searching for person of interest in Putnam Co. house fire

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Investigators with the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office have identified a person of interest in a house fire they are calling suspicious.

Investigators are searching for Chrystal Lynn Roush, who they believe is tied to an early morning house fire in Putnam County that happened earlier this week. Officials tell 13NEWS they believe Roush is homeless.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office at 800-233-3473.


Investigators are calling an early morning house fire suspicious.

The fire broke out just after 8:30 a.m. at a home on Manilla Ridge Road in Putnam County.

Firefighters spent hours trying to get the blaze under control.

The initial 911 call suggested the homeowner might have been trapped inside of the house at the time of the fire.

"No one was sure at that time, but shortly after we got here, we had a witness that had seen him leave this morning. He came back awhile ago and left again," said Glenn Whittington, Buffalo Volunteer Firefighter.

Whittington said shuffling water to the scene was another hoop they had to deal with.

"We don't have any hydrants in this area. We had to go a couple of miles to hit a hydrant where we've been filling water from.   But, in this area, there are no hydrants," he said.

Investigators believe the fire is suspicious.  They are looking into why someone would intentionally cause this kind of damage.

A couple of firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The State Fire Marshal's Office will visit the property on Wednesday.


A house near Buffalo in Putnam County is the scene of fire.

According to first responders, the fire began about 8:30 a.m. and the home is a total loss. 

When firefighters responded initially, they believed the owner was home.  After putting most of the fire out, they discovered that there was no one inside.

No injuries have been reported.  Firefighters are working to put the fire out and the cause is under investigation.

We have a crew on the scene, keep checking back for more details.

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