Daily Dispatch: West Virginia News
'Suspicious' fire destroys old Oakland Hotel in Webster County
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:34:20 -0700
An old abandoned hotel in Webster County is destroyed after a massive fire there, Friday morning. According to a press release from the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, crews responded to reports of flames at the old Oakland Hotel just after midnight. No injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 9:34:20 AM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Weirton discusses fire code proposal
Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
After questioning several aspects of the proposed ordinance during its July 9 regular meeting, Weirton Council held a work session Tuesday to discuss updates to the city’s fire prevention code. Capt. Amedeo Mastrantoni, who is set to be the city’s fire marshal if the legislation is passed, discussed the proposals with council, noting the 15-page ordinance was designed to bring fire code up to date, while addressing issues related to the ongoing development in the city and an increase in intentionally set fires.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Herald-Star
South Charleston approved to purchase new fire equipment
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:19:19 -0700
South Charleston Fire Department will now be able to purchase some needed equipment needed to better serve the community. At Thursday night's City Council meeting, members decided to pass the proposed funding to the Fire Department, which will mostly go toward new trucks. According to South Charleston's Fire Chief Virgil White, they need to keep purchasing newer vehicles due to the hard use over the thousands of emergency runs they make yearly.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 9:19:19 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Buckhannon Fire Department gives an inside look at thermal imaging cameras
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:45:41 -0700
In a fire time is crucial. Smoke and flames can make it very difficult for any fire fighter to see. But thanks to Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC), that changes. "It allows us to not wait that long. We don't want firefighters suffering at thermal injuries," said Lieutenant Joey Baxa from the Buckhannon Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 4:45:41 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Fire scorches Despard outbuilding, car
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:45:00 -0700
Firefighters knocked down flames, late Thursday night at an outbuilding in Summit Park. The fire broke out around 11:40 p.m. on Highland Avenue. Firefighters say the fire, which started in the outbuilding, spread to a car and knocked out the window of a home. No one was hurt. The Summit Park, Nutter Fort and Stonewood fire departments were all on scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 9:45:00 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
State Fire Chief’s Association elects new officers
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:12:12 -0700
Members of the West Virginia State Fire Chiefs Association gathered at the West Virginia State Fire Academy in Jackson’s Mill for a meeting with the Chair of the state committee on fire departments, and to elect new officers. Delegate Joe Statler, Monongalia County, who serves as the Chairperson on the Committee on Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services, spoke to the gathering, giving updates on pending legislation affecting volunteer fire departments around the state, and an update on the audit conducted by both the West Virginia House of Delegates and the State Senate last year in an effort to check on the state money provided to fire departments by the state.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 1:12:12 PM - SOURCE: Weston Democrat
Huntington police, fire departments change ways to attract more candidates
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:11:28 -0700
The Huntington police and fire departments are making changes to hire the men and women needed to keep families safe. Their efforts are paying off already. The police department currently has three times more applications than it did last summer. But both chiefs tell us they are still a long way away from where they want to be.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 2:11:28 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department in need of more members
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:56:58 -0700
As a member of the Hurricane Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years, Tim Spradling has responded to thousands of calls. The ones he will always remember are where he saved a life. A few years ago he responded to a call where a woman was unconscious and unresponsive. "We were able to do CPR and get her back, and it was amazing to be able to save somebody that probably didn't have a chance," Spradling said.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 3:56:58 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Arson suspected in fire at vacant house in Parkersburg
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:38:59 -0700
A fire that heavily damaged a vacant house in Parkersburg Wednesday night is being investigated as arson. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews says fire officials are working with Parkersburg Police detectives to find whoever is responsible for starting the fire at 809 Wood Street. Firefighters had the blaze under control within minutes of arriving at the scene about 9:25 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 7:38:59 PM - SOURCE: WTAP-TV Fox Channel 5 News Center
Morgantown fire destroys home
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:25:29 -0700
Local fire crews battled a blaze at a home at 122 Blossom Drive in Cheat Lake that burned for several hours Wednesday (July 18) morning. According to Mon Health EMS, two adults were home at the time the fire started but made it out safely with no injuries. The homeowners were asleep when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 4:25:29 AM - SOURCE: WAJR-AM
House explosion in Marshall County
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:37:01 -0700
A Marshall County man is fighting for his life after a home explosion near Cameron on Tuesday afternoon. It happened just before 1 p.m. on Dry Ridge Road in Marshall County. The homeowner -- a man in his 60s -- told the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department he flipped a switch, possibly to an air conditioner, and that’s when the house exploded.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 5:37:01 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Lewis County fire departments get new equipment thanks to local business grant
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:28:06 -0700
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was able to donate more than $11,000 worth of new equipment. The money was raised by the community. Customers at any of the three Firehouse Sub locations in the state were able to donate by participating in the "Round Up" program, where they round up their order total to the nearest dollar.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 10:28:06 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department receives grant for lifesaving equipment
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:05:10 -0700
The Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department received a grant that will help it handle accidents on Route 50. The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awarded $7,000 to the fire department for the purchase of a combi tool for its rescue division. The new tool replaces equipment that is more than 30 years old.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:05:10 PM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV Clarksburg
FEMA funding awarded for ambulance services in Boone County and Quinwood
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:23:11 -0700
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG) has awarded nearly $375,000 for ambulance services in Boone County and the Town of Quinwood. Specifically, Boone County Ambulance Authority will receive $153,077 and Quinwood Emergency Ambulance Inc. will receive $221,230 for the purchase of equipment.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:23:11 AM - SOURCE: Beckley Register Herald
Fires strike two businesses in Buckhannon
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:20:10 -0700
Area firefighters battled two commercial structures fire in a 28-hour period last week. On Thursday, the Buckhannon Fire Department responded to a fire call at 3:36 p.m. at SEFPRO/Corhart. They were paged out along with Warren District, Adrian and Ellamore volunteer fire departments and Washington District Volunteer Fire Company, according to BFD chief J.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 1:20:10 PM - SOURCE: Record Delta
Huntington man charged with arson in West End house fire
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 18:40:37 -0700
A Huntington man has been charged with arson after a fire on West 10th Avenue. Clay Napier, 52, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree arson, according to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court. On Saturday, firefighters responded to a fire at a vacant home at 521 West 10th Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2018 6:40:37 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department purchases extrication equipment
Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:30:22 -0700
A grant to the Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department has enabled the agency to purchase extrication equipment. The department received $7,000 from the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation for the purchase of a combi-tool for the rescue division. The device was delivered on Monday and put into service on Unit 13, said Tyler D.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2018 12:30:22 AM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
West Virginia American Water Awards Local Fire Departments $10,000 in Grants
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 18:51:12 -0700
West Virginia American Water announced today the awardees of its fifth annual Firefighting Support Grant Program, providing more than $10,000 in financial assistance to fire departments located within the company’s service area. The grants will help local fire departments purchase emergency gear, life-saving equipment, training materials and essential firefighting apparatus.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 6:51:12 PM - SOURCE: HuntingtonNews.Net
Fire damages Upshur County plant
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 04:56:48 -0700
An expensive piece of equipment sustained major damage in a Friday evening fire at the Aleris Aluminum plant in Buckhannon. According to authorities, the blaze began in a lathe that set fire to the large room where it is located. Firefighters were able to keep the flames confined to that one area of the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2018 4:56:48 AM - SOURCE: WVMetroNews
Martinsburg City officials seek satisfaction from ambulance manufacturer
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 04:56:35 -0700
City officials requested Martinsburg’s city attorney Kin Sayre to write the manufacturer of the city’s three ambulances requesting it provide repairs and restore three ambulances the city purchased from the company three years ago. Appearing before the council, Martinsburg Fire Chief Paul Bragg said he has so far not been able to get International Navistar to satisfactorily repair the three purchased vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 4:56:35 AM - SOURCE: Martinsburg Journal

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