Exploding ammo injures W.Va. fire chief

A stray round struck Chief Johnny Maynard in the throat; his injuries are non-life threatening


WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. — A fire chief was hospitalized Sunday after ammunition in an involved house fire sent a stray round into his throat.

WCHStv reported that responders on scene heard a popping noise, which was an ammunition store exploding in the flames. One of the stray rounds struck Lavalette Fire Chief Johnny Maynard in the throat, sending him to the hospital. Officials said his injuries were not serious.

Firefighters were called to the scene when the late night fire leveled a sheriff's home. 

Fire marshalls have begun an investigation into the cause of the fire. They aren't calling the fire arson, but they have offered a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to an arrest relating to the fire, according to the report.

Wayne County Sheriff's Deputies said it could be a few days before the cause of the fire is clear.

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