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
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
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.
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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.
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