Virginia News

Monday, August 3, 2020

Warren County fire chief announces retirement

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

2 firefighters hurt battling Henrico County house fire

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 possible lightning strike causes apartment fire in Chesapeake

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

Louisa County Sheriff’s Office: 21-year-old man drowns at Lake Anna

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

One airlifted to trauma center following Wythe County crash on I-81 North, fire officials say

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

Friday, July 31, 2020

Firefighters spend hours battling blaze at waste service facility in Stanley

PHOTOS: Firefighters spent almost four hours battling fire at the Shenandoah Waste Service Facility along the 3400 block of U.S. 340 Business West. Fire Chief Terry Pettit said when firefighters arrived, they found several large piles of recycled material on fire. He said the fire was threatening a nearby building along with powerlines overhead, but firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to the building. Pettit said the fire started in a vehicle that was being crushed and quickly spread into a pile of material nearby. According to a press release on Wednesday night, an engine and tanker from the Shenandoah Fire Department also assisted along with a foam unit from Merck. Units from the Stanley Rescue Squad and Page County EMS but no injuries were reported.
WHSV-TV ABC 3 Harrisonburg

Virginia Beach gearing up for Hurricane Isaias during a pandemic

The coronavirus has changed how emergency management crews prepare for Hurricane Isaias. Virginia Beach Fire Department Chief David Hutcheson explained they have high water vehicles ready to go for the storm and prepared during the pandemic. “We know how to wear the PPE. We have to wear it all the time. It may get ramped-up depending on what else we’re dealing with; if it’s flooded waters, stuff like that. We might have to augment how we’re doing it but we have enough PPE to do that as well,” said Hutcheson. Virginia Beach resident Tina Masters is concerned COVID-19 will change evacuation efforts. “If people have to evacuate, I don’t know what they do," she said. "They have to move to a different location. I don’t know what the shelters [will do] in this circumstances.” The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said locations are being sought out and how to keep shelters sanitized.
WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton

No one hurt, dog rescued after Blacksburg house fire

Several people and pets are safe after a house fire in Blacksburg on Thursday evening. It happened in the 300 block of Upland Road near downtown Blacksburg. The fire appeared to have started in an upstairs kitchen. Crews on scene told 10 News that the residents and their animals made it out safely, though firefighters did rescue a dog and give it an oxygen mask. The fire remains under investigation.
WSLS-TV NBC 10 Roanoke

HVAC units catch fire on top of condo building in Norfolk

Firefighters have put out a fire that broke out on the roof of a Norfolk condominium building on Thursday. According to Norfolk Fire-Rescue, a call came in at 3:42 about a fire on top of the condos located at the corner of Boush Street and W Freemason Street, across from the Freemason Abbey Restaurant. Crews found the HVAC units had caught fire. They were able to extinguish the flames and are not making sure that there wasn't any additional fire or damage. Norfolk Fire-Rescue said no one was hurt in the fire, but it wasn't immediately clear how many people might be displaced. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton

Firefighters Battle Duplex Blaze in Arlington

Firefighters battled a house fire in the Penrose neighborhood Thursday morning. The fire was reported around 11 a.m., on the second floor of a duplex on the 300 block of S. Courthouse Road. Firefighters from nearby Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall arrived on scene and quickly doused the flames. Arlington County firefighters searched the home and set up fans to remove the smoke from inside. No injuries were reported, according to ACFD. S. Courthouse Road remains closed in the area due to the emergency response.

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