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Medical Event Led to Last Week's Bobcat Fire in Martinsburg


October 26, 2023

Elvin Garman

This aerial photo shows the Bobcat Martinsburg smoldering during its large fire last week. The fire took nearly four hours to contain.

The fire that destroyed a Martinsburg business last week started when a man working with a blow torch suffered a fatal heart attack. According to Blair County Coroner Patty Ross, Rodney Walters, 52, was using the torch while installing a natural gas boiler at Bobcat when a sudden cardiac event took his life. Ross said it is likely the torch fell from his hands and started the fire and that Walters had passed away before the fire started.

North Woodbury Township Police Chief Lance Morris said a quick response by area fire departments couldn't save the building with flames getting under the m...

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