Fire destroys West Point home, family escapes

This view shows the fire-damaged Jellian Sink residence on state Route 518 in West Point. The house is directly across the road from the West Point Fire Department, which can be seen in the background through what's left of the front porch. The proximity of the fire station did not stop the house from being destroyed by the fast-moving fire. (Salem News photo by Tom Giambroni)

WEST POINT – A household of five was forced to flee their burning home early Friday morning. Located in West Point on state Route 518  directly across from the fire station, the two-story home was deemed a total loss, according to fire chief Wayne Chamberlain.

The home is owned by Jellian Sink, who was home along with another adult and three children. Everyone was asleep except for her son, who was up playing video games when he saw the back of the house was on fire. After waking the rest of his family, he called 911 at 12:50 a.m.

Everyone made it safely out of the burning house, which was fully engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. The proximity of the fire station was not enough to stop the fast-moving fire, which spread quickly through the wood-frame house.

“I’d hate to think what would’ve happened had the kid not been up,” Chamberlain said.

The home was insured, and the cause remains under investigation.

Eight firefighters from the West Point department responded, with the Lisbon Fire Department sending seven firefighters and a truck.


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