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e_ /" t- "F. -7Pd-cc.o ,.z m. The Volume 91 No. 22 HINTON NEWS (Continuing the Hinton Daily News &amp; The Weekend Leader) H, ne of the W. Va. Water Festival Hinton, West Virginia Tuesday Sept. 22, 1992 25 Cents Landmark Goes Up in Flames Only the brick walls of the former Hlnton BwUd- ere Supply building remained standing after a fire Sunday morning gutted the building and destroyed 17 to 19 antique cars that were stored in the building by its owner Dr. William H. Perrine, of Lewisburg. Perrine, an optometrist, ownJ several properties in Hinton and has an office on Temple St. By Fred Long The former Hinton Builders Sup- ply warehouse building beneath the Avis Overhead Bridge and 17 to 19 antique cars stored inside the build- ing were destroyed by fire, Sunday morning, in what firemen are call- ing a "suspicious fire." "It was a total loss," owner of the building, Dr. William H. Perrine said from his office yesterday. Perrine bought the 200 by 56 foot building, he said, to store his collection of antique cars in, but was unable to purchase insurance because he was using the property for storage only. I bought it because it was an ideal building for me to store my cars in. I only paid $25,000 for it, but you couldn't replace it for $200,000. I had some valuable, real valuable cars stored in that building" The most valuable car, he said, was a 1958 Packard. =That was the last year they made the car. They only made 1,000 of them." Other prized cars was a 1939 Studebaker, a 1953 Cadillac and a 1941 Chrysler. He said, based on his investment in the building and the cars, his loss totaled at least $85,000. The fire was called in to the Hin. ton Fire Department at 12:40 a.m., said Don Speidon, city fireman but offduty that night. =When I arrived at 12:43 a.m. the entire building was in flame= from one end of the build- ing to the other." The structure, built of brick with a tin roof, con- tained no partition walls inside. When the support beams that held up its tin roof fell, the roof caved in and flame= shot 40 feet in the air, he said. "When the roof fell, we couldn't get to the fire to fight it because the tin, just laid on everything like a .:.:+:,> .,,.,.,, ::: : .. :.::.::A .. i:::,i!!iii!::iii ........ ,.:::;::." >z.: !-  >'.':: :::.:::: .... ..... . ..... .,. .>. ............ ::hi:% i .::;:::: !',.:':" " : .... :": . ,.," .... ii""i:&  !:: " . : i:ii:'::*"   :::ii  :' ".:- ............ : ............ i!i i::i  . . :... .......... ......:. :..:. $.: " .: , ..:.. | :.+, ..x'i:: ,, ,-  :: h.:.'.<!.::.; f .%! ...... ::.{.'!:i,:i:< . .. .. - " - ....... " : ......................... blanket." Speiden said they directed their efforts to preventing the fire from spreading to Ted Roger's Oil Company next door. Part of his office building, on the side near the roof, caught fire but firemen quickly extinguished it.  griefl If Ted, Rodger's place had gone up we could have lost all of that part of Hinton," he said. A steady flow of water and about 30 firemen, including volunteers with the Summers County Volun- teer Fire Dept., kept the fire con- fined within the 20 foot brick walls of the storage buff ding and at 4:24 a.m. firemen had the fire under control, Speiden said. Hinton Fire Chief Ray Pivont said the fire was probably burning inside the building for "sometime" where, =because of it's bigopen space it built up heat inside like a furnace." He said Hinton businessman Richard Leftwich was driving over the Over- head Bridge when he went into something that looked like fog. "He hadn't noticed any fog earlier and wondered What was going on. He rolled down his wi ndow and when he smelled the smoke he knew there was a fire somewhere but didn'tknow where." Pi yon t said he drove straight to the Fire Dept., only a few seconds away, but they had already received a call and the trucks were just start- ing to pull out. "When he started back down the bridge the entire building was in flames," said Pivont. Perrine had three dogs in the building and at 7 p.m. Saturday went to the building to give his dogs wa- ter. aI took the water into the build. ing about 50 feet back and I didn't see anything wrong. I didn't see anyone around." Pivont said the fire marshal would probably be called in to investigate. Perrine said he didn't have any elec- tricity or gas on the building. "I never had it turned on from the time I bought the building." iii:i::< : i!iiii!!!i:! FIXING THE GREENBRIER Show above is the Betty Fix family wit& team Robbie Fix, Eric Frazier, Jason Adkin HUary leader Rodney Fix prior to cleaning two  Adkins, Art Adkins. Beck Row=. Bobby Fox, Jane section of the Greenbrler River abovethe Willow- Fix, Adam Adkins, and Rodney Fix. Not show is wood Bridge. Hundreds of pounds of debris wore Sarah Pack and Andria Adkins who also helped in removed including approximately 80 automobi] the cleanup. tires. On the front row, left to right, is Betty Fix, Prisoner Fugitive From Summers County Jail By Fred Long A Hinton man facing felony charges that could result in a life time prison sentence remains a fugi- tive after escaping from the county jail last week, County Sheriff Jerry Smith said. Gary Wayne Holland, 29, brown hair and hazel eyes, weighing 180 pounds and sunding 5' 3", escaped from the recreation area outside the jail by climbinga 12-foot cinder block wall, which has two strands of razor wire spun across it, arou n d 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 13, Smith said. Holland was arrested on Aug. 26 on charges of kidnapping two Jump- ing Branch men at gun point, two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of nighttime burglary and grand larceny, Smith said. Holland was confined in the ounty jail with- out possible bond because "he could get alife sentence ifhe is convicted of aggravated robbery," Smith maid. Smith said Holland was last seen in the vicinity of the old Hinton Builders Supply building that burned last Sunday morning. "I wouldn't be surprised if when they clean that building they find his bones in%here. I'm not joking, he hasn't been seen since the fire," Smith said. Smith said Holland and Alva Junior Graham, Jr. allegedly "forced their way into the home of Daniel Thompson and Chris Liplef' on the Gary Wayne Holland, above, escaped from the ummere County Jail on Sept. 13 and remains a fugitive. Holland is wanted on six felony charges including two counts of kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Will Dodd Rd, and at gn point tried to rob them. en they wouldn% give them any money they threat- ened to kill them." At gun point, Smith said, they "tied them up and put pillow cams over their heads and drove them all over Summers and Raleigh County terrorizing them." They were driving Thompeon's car, Smith said, and later returned them to within two miles of their home. Beckley city police recovered the car and Graham is confined in the county jail, Smith said. Businessman Wants to Open 2nd Taxi Serive night shiR and want= to operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. As of press time permission has not been granted to discontinue the night shiR. Hinton Taxi rate= are $1.17 for the first half mile and 17 for each quarter mile thereafter. A charge of 10 is included for waiting and the charge for pickup and delivery is the regular rate, with or without a pas- senger. Thisis the second time in the past several years that a second taxi service has sought permission to operate in this county. The earlier application was denied because the population was not large enough to support a second taxi service. CSX Donates $1,000 to Festival Tim Hensley, Resident Vice-President for CSX in Huntington, is shown above presenting Dorothy Jean Boley, member of tim Rail- road Days committee, a check for $I,000 to help finance the festival scheduled for the weekends of Oet. 1, 18, 24, and 25. The Railroad Day's festival this year promises to be one of t] best ever pre- =ented on the Streets of Downtown Hinton with a number of act= scheduled to provide live entertainment for the l,O00'e of lople that visit Hinton annually during Railroad Days. The money will be ueed to help finance promotional expense, Beloy exp saying. "We oan really use thiI Henaley seid  is pleased to provide financial asdstanee pointing out that this is the second year they have made a donation to the festival =We want to do what we can do to help," he said. By Fred Long Hinton businessman Leslie E. Spade wants to start another taxi service in Hinton and Summers County according to an application filed with the state Public Service Commission (PSC), in Charleston. Spade has asked the PSC for permission to operate at taxi service in the city under the business name City Cab, which would be located at 209 Main St., in Avis. According to his application, taxi rates would be $1.50 for the first half mile and 10 for each tenth mile thereafter. A charge of 28 per minute Is included for waiting time and, along with the roular rate, a 50 additional charge for pickup and delivery if no pammnger are in- volved. Hinton Taxi Company, located on 2nd Ave., Hinton, has operated in Hinton for a number of years, but just recently asked the PSC for per- mission to reduce it= operation to two shift= per day. PSC regulation= require taxicab operator= to provide service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unless the PSC grant= permission to reduce the service. According to the application Hin- ton Taxi Co. is losing money on its Ground Breaking Ceremony The Summers County Board of Education will hold a ground break- ing ceremony for the New Compre- hensive High School at 4:00 P.M. on Sept. 29, at the Summers County Career Center. The guest speaker will be the Honorable Governor Gaston Caper- ton and the master of ceremonies will he Mr. Faron Young. The public is invited to attend. No other information was avail- able at press time.