Wheeling firefighters extinguish NYE fire on Wheeling Island

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

WHEELING ISLAND, W.Va. (WTRF)

UPDATE – Wheeling firefighters worked countless hours to extinguish a nsecond-alarm fire that erupted on New Year’s Eve at an old Exposition Hall and indoor skating rink on Wheeling Island.

Upon arrival, the entire building was engulfed in flames and later collapsed.

First responders suppressed most of the blaze within the first three hours but worked overnight to extinguish hot spots.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino Racetrack used the building for storage.

Cumberland Trail Fire Department assied Wheeling Fire Department by responding to any emergency-related calls in the city.

A portion of South Front Street will remain closed until further notice.

Officials reported no injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


9:15PM – The Wheeling Fire Department remains on the scene of this two-alarm blaze.

Public Information Officer Philip Stahl tells 7News that the initial call came in around 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

He also said the building was a former expo hall and skating rink.

The back end of the building remains an active scene, but crews are working to put out hot spots and will remain there throughout the night making sure the building does not fall onto nearby power lines.

No injuries were reported

Stahl said this is the biggest fire the Wheeling Fire Department has seen in several years.

Cumberland Trail Fire Department is assisting in covering the city while multiple crews are on scene.


ORIGINAL – First responders are currently on the scene of a second-alarm structure fire at the former Wheeling Island skating rink.

Officials have reported that the building has collapsed and multiple units are on the scene.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino Racetrack Senior Marketing Director, Carrie Scanlon, tells 7News that the casino owns the building and it was used as storage.

Scanlon also says that no one was in the building at the start of the fire, which is located on the outskirts of the employee parking lot.

The ongoing fire will not affect New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino Racetrack, according to Scanlon.

South Front Street is closed to all motorists, according to Wheeling Police.

Stay with 7News for updates.

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