UPDATE: July 28, 2014 2:10 p.m.
The fire at the Morris building that left several people without places to stay and closed two businesses has been ruled accidental, according to Huntington, WV Mayor Steve Williams.
Mayor Williams says the fire started in the elevator shaft near the top floor and spread to the Fourth floor. The mayor says the damage to the building was mostly caused by smoke and water.
Fire Chief Carl Eastham says that all buildings with three stories or more will need a sprinkler system by 2017 and any building that doesn't or can't comply will be shutdown.
_____UPDATE: July 27, 2014 9:42 p.m.
City of Huntington inspectors have entered the building and are accessing the damage. Officials have indicated the fire appeared to have started in an old elevator shaft near the top of the building just before 9 a.m. on July 27. The elevator shaft then collapsed on to the fourth floor of the building. Flames and smoke from the fire spread to other parts of the building. The fire did not spread to neighboring buildings, but some nearby buildings sustained some water damage.
A Huntington firefighter suffered a leg injury while battling the fire. He was hit by a water cannon used to battle the blaze.
Follow this link for a video shared with us on social media for a firsthand look at the fire after it started:
UPDATE: July 27, 2014 12:38 p.m.
5th Avenue in downtown Huntington has been reopened after a fire started just after 9 a.m. at the Morris Building, located at 845 Fourth Avenue in Huntington, WV.
Fire rescue crews have been able to contain the blaze. Fourth Avenue, according to officials with the City of Huntington, is still closed from 10th Street to 8th Street as fire rescue crews continue their work and ensure the blaze is completely out.
The Morris Building has apartments and two well-known Huntington, WV restaurants: Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar and the new Peddler.
UPDATE: July 27, 2014 11:50 a.m.
Cabell County 911 is reporting that 4th Avenue between 8th and 10th streets as well as 9th Street between 4th and 5th avenues is closed due to the fire at the Morris Building in downtown Huntington. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
UPDATE: July 27, 2014 11:35 a.m.
Firefighters in Huntington, WV continue to battle a blaze that broke out just before 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 27.
According to fire rescue crews at the scene, flames engulfed the roof of the Morris Building, located at 845 4th Ave. in downtown Huntington. As a result, firefighters say the roof has partially collapsed.
Crews at the scene said they are considered about the structural integrity of the building and also are concerned additional floors of the building may collapse as a result of the partial roof collapse.
Residents who live in Huntington are advised to avoid the downtown area if at all possible.
ORIGINAL STORY: July 27, 2014 9:30 a.m.
The Huntington Fire Department is at the scene of a structure fire at the Morris Building, located at 845 4th Ave., near 9th st in Huntington.
According to dispatchers black smoke can be seen coming from the building.
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