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Sep 11, 2012 9:46 AM by AP

La. gas worker dies of burns from W.Va. motel fire

WILSONBURG, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Fire Marshal's Office says a Louisiana man has died of burns he suffered during a weekend hotel fire.

Media outlets identified the victim as 21-year-old Dustin McCellen.

The marshal's office didn't provide his hometown, and the chief investigator on the Wilsonburg blaze didn't immediately respond to a message Tuesday.

McCellen was an oil and gas industry worker who was staying at the Towne House West Motor Lodge when it caught fire early Sunday morning.

Witnesses told authorities the fire appeared to start in the top section of the motel's west wing, but no cause has been determined.

The fire destroyed about 30 rooms.

No one else was injured. Many of the rooms were rented by other gas workers who had gone home for the weekend.

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