PHOTO: An investigation was underway into the cause of an explosion and large fire at a shopping center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, that injured at least five people Saturday morning.
Three people were taken to hospitals after the incident that was reported around 8:30 a.m., and two others were treated on the scene for minor injuries, the city said in an update Saturday evening.
The strip mall contained a vape shop, musical instrument store and recording studio, according to the Daily News-Record. It was a “total loss,” city spokesman Michael Parks said. Damage was also reported to other structures.
Although Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted that state emergency personnel had been deployed to the area after what he called a gas explosion, Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matt Tobia told reporters the cause was under investigation.
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Fire investigators are working to learn what sparked a fire at a trailer in Chesapeake early Monday morning that sent one woman to the hospital.
Firefighters were sent to the 1800 block of Iris Street in the Portlock section of the city shortly after 4:30 a.m. Monday.
They rushed to the scene where they found a trailer engulfed in flames. Fire crews were able to put out the fire shortly after they arrived. A woman suffered burn injuries and had to be taken to a local emergency room for treatment. The fire broke out at her home, which sustained extensive damage.
Lt. Danny Smith of the Chesapeake Fire Department said the woman has non-life threatening injuries. He added, crews had the fire under control by 5 a.m.
"Crews did a good job making sure the fire didn't spread to the adjacent trailer," Smith said.
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If you’re watching the coronavirus pandemic by the numbers for signs of improvement, you could get whiplash from one week to the next.
Coming off a brief period in which no health district was surging in new infections, Virginia’s caseload appeared to be receding while other states across the country were headed down the opposite path. Now, all but the northern part of the state is having an upward trajectory, based on data collected by the Virginia Department of Health. In Hampton Roads, slow growth was happening in the Hampton, Peninsula and Western Tidewater districts.
Fresh off his mild bout of the coronavirus, Gov. Ralph Northam returned to public business last week, with a reminder to Virginians to stay vigilant. At a press briefing Tuesday, he urged residents to continue wearing masks around other people, washing hands and avoiding crowds where people are closer than 6 feet apart.
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A woman is expected to be okay after being rescued from a house fire in Richmond. Fire crews arrived to find smoke coming from the home on Hanes Avenue around 4:45 p.m. on Sunday.
The Richmond Fire Department says they received a call from a person saying they tried to help the woman out of the smoking home but they weren’t successful. Once on the scene crews were able to safely extract the woman from the house.
The fire is now under control. No other injuries have been reported. RFD has not announced what caused the house fire.
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A Charlottesville mother has been finding ways to keep two of her youngsters entertained during the pandemic, and they’ve found a little inspiration along the way.
Without much to do at the start of the pandemic, Jennifer Walker would take two of her kids, 3-year-old Ethan and 18-month-old Savannah, on a walk.
They would always come to the Charlottesville Fire Station on Ridge Street. Ethan loves the trucks, and loves when the trucks are out - or, even better, if they got called to serve.
Very few things bring a smile to Ethan’s face quite like the sounds of the sirens and the sights of his heroes going to rescue someone. But there is one thing that makes him smile even bigger: when his heroes adopted him as one of their own.
The firefighters gave Ethan and Savannah their own hats, and even answered the ever-curious Ethan’s tough questions.
“He loves being a firefighter and I think he has a future career,” said Tyler Floyd, a firefighter.
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