West Point fire officials responded not once but twice Wednesday to 813 Fifth Street where the home of Ferdinand Sykes caught fire early that morning and again that same afternoon.
It was around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning when West Point firemen first responded to a fire at the home and stayed on scene for over an hour trying to completely extinguish the flames. The home, which has now been condemned, was filled from door to door with clothing and other items that officials had to climb over and around to reach parts of the home that was on fire.
West Point Battalion Chief Ken Wilbourne said it’s unclear how the initial fire began but believes it may have started in one of the three rooms at the back of the house, which were all fully involved when firemen arrived that morning. The attic was also fully engulfed in flames prior to their arrival, he said.
Around 3:15 p.m. firemen received another fire call out to 813 Fifth Street where heavy smoke could be seen bellowing from the attic, which is where Wilbourne said the second fire likely reignited.
Sykes nor anyone else was home when the first fire broke out, but it is unclear if he was home when the fire started the second time. Though the actual cause of the fire remains under investigation, Sykes, who sat on his front porch Wednesday afternoon as firemen tried to smother the flames away for good, said he believes an issue with electrical wiring may have been the cause.
No one was injured during either fire incident.
The interior of the home suffered extensive fire damage, and the portions of the home that received little fire damage had significant smoke and water damage. It’s unclear at this time if anything in the home was salvageable.