Firefighters were able to knock down flames that broke out at an apartment in Norfolk early Friday morning.
According to Norfolk Fire-Rescue, the fire started at an apartment building in the 300 block of Forth Worth Ave. shortly after 5 a.m. Crews were able to contain the flames just a little after 6 a.m. Firefighters rescued a 12-year-old boy and his father from the building. The boy was taken to CHKD to be treated, but it's unknown at this time what the extent of his injuries are.
The sound of a fire burning woke tenant Paulette Davis from her bed.
“It’s like the whole back was lit up like a Christmas tree, and we kept just hearing a pop pop pop,” said Davis.
She said she’s lived in this apartment complex, on Fort Worth Avenue for 11 years.
Now four units, including hers, are unlivable.
“I’m just in utter shock, I just can’t believe it,” said Davis.
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The Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors is looking to use tax revenue from a planned massive solar facility to help fund a new pay program for sheriff’s office and Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management employees.
The board on Tuesday voted to set aside $580,000 in “one-time money” from the solar facility’s “roll-back” tax, as well as a portion of any remaining revenue in the annual budget. That money would show a commitment from the county to implementing a new pay program, Supervisor Tim McLaughlin said.
He moved to set aside the funds after the board learned that the county’s fire and rescue department was requesting a nearly $1.2 million budget amendment for overtime. Supervisor Gary Skinner removed the request from the consent agenda, asking Fire Chief Jay Cullinan to look for a way to cut back on the overtime costs.
The Hampton VA Medical Center was evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a potential hazmat situation that was determined to be the smell of a urine sample, according to Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue spokesman Battalion Chief Anthony Chittum.
Dispatch said the call came in at 2:16 p.m.
John Rogers with the VA told News 3 there was a pungent, overwhelming odor, determined to be the smell of a urine sample, on the first and second floor of building 144, which houses mental health services. As a precaution, the building's staff and patients were evacuated. "We are looking into this matter, and we are concerned for our employees' and veterans' safety," Rogers said.
No injuries were reported. Two staff members that came in contact with the substance were placed under medical observation and were released Wednesday night.
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PHOTOS: Fire officials responded to a house fire on Friday located in the 500 block of Avalon Avenue in the Avalon Terrace section of the city.
Around 5:35 a.m., fire officials responded to a house fire where first arriving units said there was light smoke showing.
The fire was said to be under control within 15 minutes of units arriving and was reported out at 6:01 a.m. There were no injuries reported.
The cause is under investigation. There is no further information at this time.
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A Vinton business suffered minor damage Thursday after an electrical fire broke out inside.
According to a release from Roanoke County Fire and Rescue, crews responded at about 11:25 a.m. Thursday to the 100 block of Walnut Avenue to a report of a commercial structure fire.
First arriving crews from Vinton found nothing showing from the exterior of the tanning business, but found smoke and flames in the interior.
The fire was brought under control in about 10 minutes. There were no injuries, the release said. The business was occupied at the time of the fire.
Units from Vinton and The City of Roanoke also responded to the fire. The Roanoke County Fire Marshal has investigated and determined the fire to be accidental and the result of electrical components in one of the tanning beds.
Damages are estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.
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April Shipley shattered a glass ceiling, and she did so while always striving to better serve her neighbors. This spring, the local chapter of the American Red Cross of Virginia honored Marion’s first paid female firefighter as community hero.
Last week, the Marion Town Council also recognized Shipley’s service.
The longtime firefighter and EMT received the award during the Mountain Empire Chapter’s Celebration of Heroes.
Bill Grennell, the chapter’s executive director, explained that the annual celebration helps “recognize people from all walks of life for doing great things to help make our communities a little bit nicer, a little safer and in general a better place for all of us to live -- whether it’s saving a life, providing comfort to those less fortunate, helping our children have a better education or just making our work a little bit lighter and brighter. There are many everyday heroes among us… This is just an opportunity to shed some light on them and help inspire others to do better in their own lives.”
Shipley fits that description well.
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