After 25 years on the job, Warren County Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Mabie will retire Dec. 31, according to a county news release.
The retirement will close a career that included 50-plus years of public service, as Mabie also served 25 years with the Richmond City Fire Department and 13 years as the Hanover Courthouse Volunteer Fire Company's chief.
Mabie states in the release that he takes “great pride” in fire and rescue’s accomplishments during his tenure, noting that “we are now very respected by other public safety agencies throughout the Shenandoah Valley.”
He notes that the department strives to serve the county “with the highest level of professionalism, dedication, and service possible,” which is not possible without the “diverse group of career and volunteer men and women that serve this community every day, of whom I am extremely proud.”
Northern Virginia Daily
Two people are without a place to stay after their home in Henrico's Wyndham neighborhood caught fire Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to a home in the 6000 block of Collinstone Drive around 3 p.m.
When crews arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the home's roof. Two people inside the home were able to get out safely, officials said.
However, two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze.
The home has extensive damage to the second floor and roof, officials said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
WTVR-TV CBS 6 Richmond
Three people are displaced after an apartment fire caused by a possible lightning strike in Chesapeake.
Chesapeake Fire says the fire damaged two apartments in the Western Branch area. Firefighters responded to the fire in the 4100 block of Prindle Court at about 7 p.m. Saturday.
They found fire and smoke in the multi-level building. The fire was under control at 7:30 p.m. Chesapeake fire says the fire damage was minimal, but water damage in the two units is extensive. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Chesapeake fire says a lightning strike is believed to have started it.
No one was injured during the fire, and the Red Cross is helping one of the people displaced.
WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton
The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a drowning death that occurred Saturday, Aug. 1 at Lake Anna.
Law enforcement identified the victim as Patrick Byrnes, 21, of Vienna, Virginia.
Byrnes, who was reported to be a strong swimmer, was visiting a friend at Lake Anna. He had reportedly been swimming off Old Mill Road and was last seen swimming out to a floating chair about 20 feet from the end of a dock.
The area was searched by Louisa County Sheriff’s Office, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Game and Inland Fisheries, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Louisa and Spotsylvania County Fire & EMS without success.
His body was later located by the Spotsylvania County Dive Team and has been taken to the medical examiner.
WWBT-TV NBC 12 Richmond
Assistant Chief Mike Fronimos with the Wytheville Fire and Rescue Department confirmed to WFXR News Saturday afternoon that one person was flown to a trauma center following a single-vehicle crash along I-81 North in Wythe County. According to fire officials, the department’s partners at Wings airlifted the patient from the crash to the trauma center due to the extent of the patient’s injuries. Fire crews, Virginia State Police, and VDOT also responded to the scene, authorities say. Meanwhile, VDOT says crews have cleared the scene of the crash that delayed traffic for a few miles at mile marker 73.2 on I-81 North.
WFXR-TV Fox 27 Roanoke