Virginia News

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Man dies after being severely burned in Hopewell house fire

A Hopewell man died Thursday morning after being burned in a house fire. Firefighters were called to the 500 block of N 4th Avenue around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to the victim’s family, Bobby Joe Hagee, 55, suffered extensive burns, covering up to 95 percent of his body, in the fire. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. Hagee’s family says he was incredibly kind and stubborn, but incredibly helpful. They say he was as “nice as the day is long.” Hagee’s son was also in the home at the time; he was able to make it out safely. The family’s home, which has been with them since the 1970's, was extensively damaged in the fire. It’s unknown if they will be able to return.
WWBT-TV NBC 12 Richmond

Accomack County 02-alarm fire at Eastern Shore Perdue plant

Firefighters worked a two-alarm fire at the Perdue Farms plant in Accomack County Wednesday. The fire broke out around 2:45 p.m. in one of the buildings located on Lankford Highway. Operations came to a sudden halt after an electrical fire broke out in one of the buildings, according to assistant manager Dorsey Crosby. "It was just a small fire, it was really smoke and a few flames you know," said Crosby. Crosby said the fire took place in an area that houses live chickens. About 1,700 employees were evacuated as emergency crews surrounded the facility along Lankford Highway for more than two hours. "It wasn't as big as people think it was, but we took safety precautions and got people out. We'll be ready to run in the morning," said Crosby.
WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads

Moneta Volunteer Fire Department keeps going with community help

For more than 60 years, Moneta Volunteer Fire Department has served Smith Mountain Lake and surrounding communities. In that time, firefighters who volunteer their time have saved countless lives. The department was formed in 1956 with the help of the Moneta Ruritan Club. The firehouse was originally located in old downtown Moneta, near Lake Christian Ministries, before moving to its current location in 2000. The funding necessary to continue operating the department comes mostly from the community it serves with Bedford County providing only a portion of that budget. “Bedford County supplies 25% to 30% of our budget,” said Moneta Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jeremiah Calhoun.
Smith Mountain Lake

Chesapeake firefighter in desperate need of stem cell transplant shares message

VIDEO: 52-year-old Lisa Brandt has been working as a Chesapeake firefighter for 18 years now. But, up until recently, she hasn’t been putting out any flames because she’s trying to extinguish a personal battle of her own. Although she looks healthy on the outside, she is struggling internally. “If I push myself way too much for the certain activities, I get completely out of breath. I’ll start feeling a chest pain," says Brandt. Three years ago, Lisa had colon cancer and beat it – leaving her to need a check up every six months. This past March, she did just that – but this time she found something was wrong, yet again. “They did blood work and my blood work was really low, but my scans showed everything normal – that I wasn’t growing a tumor. So, this became a mystery. It’s been a mystery up until June 25," says Brandt.
WTKR Channel 3 News

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fairfax County firefighter killed in Spotsylvania motorcycle crash

A veteran Fairfax County firefighter was killed Tuesday morning in a motorcycle crash on Route 3 in Spotsylvania County. Mica Bland, 42, was on his motorcycle and stopped at a light when a pickup struck him from behind. Bland, who lived in Lousia County, was on his way to work at the time, Fairfax County Fire Chief John Butler said in an announcement to the department. "He proudly served our community for over 14 years," Butler wrote. "Please keep his family, friends, and shift members at FS20 C-Shift in your thoughts and prayers."
Inside NoVA

3 people escape Henrico County house fire

VIDEO: Three people escaped a burning home in Henrico County early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to the home along the 2000 block of Cleary Road, near Mechanicsville Turnpike, in eastern Henrico at about 3 a.m. When they arrived, they reported fire burning both the back and front of the home. Everyone inside the house made it out alive. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

New fire chiefs look to address King William County’s fire department problems

Amid turmoil at the top of the King William County’s fire department, the new interim fire chiefs have started to assess the county’s needs. Although there are four fire stations with jurisdiction in King William County, all of them except Station One are staffed completely by volunteers. Any changes in policy and procedures would apply only to the six paid, full-time and 11 part-time personnel and 10 active volunteers at Station One. The volunteer stations are partly funded with county money allocated by the Board of Supervisors, but how the stations conduct day-to-day operations is independent. Now operating entirely out of Station One, interim Fire Chiefs Rick Nunnally and Laura Nunnally are gathering data from the Computer-aided Dispatch system, or CAD, to begin to map out the locations and times of calls for service.
Daily Press

Warren County woman found competent in arson case

A woman accused of setting fire to a neighbor’s home can face trial on an arson charge, a judge ruled Tuesday. Fontella Louzie Fewell appeared in Warren County General District Court for a review of the findings in a competency evaluation. Fewell, 74, of 529 E. Main St., Apt. 11, Front Royal, stands charged with arson of an occupied dwelling owned by Clayton Estes Sr., on April 23. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton appeared for the prosecutor’s office. Dan O’Brian, with the Public Defender’s Office, represented Fewell. Attorneys told Judge Richard Claybrook Jr. that Fewell had been found competent to stand trial. Claybrook Jr. set a preliminary hearing on the charge for Sept. 4. Claybrook ordered her to remain held without bond. Fewell is being held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.
Northern Virginia Daily

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