Daily Dispatch: West Virginia News
Family loses home and pet in fire in Rand
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:14:48 -0800
A family in the Kanawha County community of Rand is trying to piece together what happened after their house caught on fire just after they left for work Monday afternoon. Debbie and Darrell Smith had three dogs that were trapped inside of their home. Firefighters from Malden and Rand volunteer fire departments were able to get all of the dogs out of the house, but one didn't survive.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 11:14:48 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Follow Up: Marion County volunteer fire department levy fails by less than 1 percent
Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Despite more than 59 percent of Marion County residents voting in favor of a proposed volunteer fire department levy on election day, the $780,000 per year levy ultimately fell short of the required 60 percent. The levy, which would have given additional funds to the county’s 13 volunteer fire departments, was supported by 59.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Exponent Telegram
Blue Parrot, Model Cleaners destroyed in early morning fire on Mileground
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 02:57:49 -0800
About the only thing left of the Blue Parrot Cabaret on Sunday afternoon was its famous marquee sign reading “Let’s Go Mountaineers” on one side and “Now Hiring Dancers” on the other. A fast-moving fire roared through the gentleman’s club on Mileground Road shortly after 3:30 a.m. Sunday, leveling that structure along with Model Cleaners, a dry-cleaning establishment that sat close by.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 2:57:49 AM - SOURCE: WAJR-AM
Firefighters train with live burn at Chapmanville High School
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:04:55 -0800
The Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department joined at least five other fire departments in the area for a training session at Chapmanville High School on Sunday. The training is mandatory for firefighters to become certified, but this is the first time the live burn has been held in Chapmanville. The trailer burn was a simulation of house or trailer fires.
- PUB DATE: 11/11/2018 11:04:55 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Crews respond to abandoned mobile home fire in Flemington
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 04:28:08 -0800
Firefighters tell 5 News the mobile home was abandoned and nobody was inside. There's no word on what caused the fire. ORIGINAL: Emergency officials have confirmed to 5 News that crews are on scene of a working fire in Taylor County. Dispatchers say it happened on Locust Avenue in Flemington at around 11:20 on Thursday night.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 4:28:08 AM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Berkeley County approves pay scale plan for paid firefighters
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 03:12:25 -0800
Berkeley County officials approved a compensation plan for paid firefighters to be employed at each of the county’s five fire departments starting the first quarter of 2019. The Berkeley County Council unanimously approved the compensation schedule at its Thursday meeting. Councilman Jim Whitacre was not present for the vote.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 3:12:25 AM - SOURCE: Martinsburg Journal
Marion County fire levy falls short in votes: How volunteer firefighters are responding
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:47:13 -0800
"I'm honestly disappointed and I just hope that everyone is still going to be taken care of properly." The Marion County Commission signed the order of a fire levy to be placed on the ballot for this year's general election. To much disappointment to those who serve and live in the community, the levy fell short of the 60% majority vote it required.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:47:13 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Man pleads guilty in fire at building owned by Parkersburg charity
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 18:24:35 -0800
A man accused in a fire that heavily damaged a building owned by a Parkersburg charity pleads guilty in Wood County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon. Joshua Rogers, 31, a former client of House to Home, pleaded guilty to one count of felony destruction of property in connection with the July fire that caused about $5,000 worth of damage to an outbuilding the organization used to store donations and other supplies.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 6:24:35 PM - SOURCE: WTAP-TV Fox Channel 5 News Center
Saturday Morning Fire Destroys Paden City Home
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 23:41:25 -0800
A Paden City home as been destroyed due to a Nov. 3 fire, according to Paden City Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Richmond. The fire occurred at 122 N 1st Avenue in Paden City at the residence of Melvin Billiter. Richmond said the cause of the fire is undetermined at this point. The fire was reported at around 9 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 11:41:25 PM - SOURCE: Wetzel Chronicle
Lewis-Gilmer E911 awarded $60,000 grant by WV Department of Homeland Security
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 04:27:27 -0800
Lewis-Gilmer E911 was awarded a grant by the WV Department of Homeland Security. During the Lewis County Commission meeting on Monday, commission members approved and accepted the grant for an amount of $60,000. This will be for county wide emergency radios. According to 911 official James Gum, these radios will be at every fire department and emergency vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 4:27:27 AM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Crews respond to house fire in Harrison County
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 04:32:14 -0800
Crews responded to a house fire early Monday morning in Harrison County. According to 911 officials, the fire began around 12:15 a.m. on Sandy Hollow Road near Green Valley Road in Bridgeport. One woman was home at the time of the fire, but she was able to get out. She was transported to United Hospital Center by Anmoore EMS for smoke inhalation, according to Bridgeport Fire Chief Phil Hart.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 4:32:14 AM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV Clarksburg
Berkeley County fire board eyes land for new Baker Heights station
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Land on Martinsburg’s south end is being considered as a potential site for a new Baker Heights (W.Va.) Volunteer Fire Department station. Hunter Wilson, chairman of the Berkeley County (W.Va.) Fire Service Board, said Monday that property off New York Avenue currently owned by a Northern Virginia developer is the preferred site for the fire department’s new station.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hagerstown Herald-Mail
Buckhannon: Weekend Fire destroys home off Bailey Ridge
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:02:12 -0800
Area firefighters were kept busy Saturday responding two different residential structural fires in a few-hour time span. About 6:09 p.m., the Buckhannon Fire Department was paged out along with Washington District Volunteer Fire Company, Adrian Volunteer Fire Department and Ellamore Fire Department to Bailey Ridge Road for a fully-engulfed structure fire, according to career firefighter Linn Baxa.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 1:02:12 PM - SOURCE: Record Delta
Morgantown Fire Department hosts fourth annual 'Operation Warm' event
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 04:38:32 -0800
Firefighters in Morgantown kicked off their week by hosting the fourth annual ‘Operation Warm’ event. They went to different elementary schools preparing kids for the winter. Firefighters went to various schools around Morgantown providing new coats to elementary students free of charge. Coordinator of the ‘Operation Warm’ program for the Morgantown Firefighters Local 313, Derek Porter, said the firefighters have been able to reach more students this year than ever before because of donations from various organizations.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 4:38:32 AM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV Clarksburg
Fire at Clarksburg house causes significant damage
Sat, 03 Nov 2018 16:00:12 -0700
Spelter volunteer fire department, Shinnston fire department, Worthington fire department, and Harrison County EMS responded to a structure fire located on Hughes Camp Road in Clarksburg. No one was home at the time of the fire, however it is believed that several pets were killed. The house has significant smoke and heat damage.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2018 4:00:12 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Bell tolls in Wheeling in memory of firefighters fallen in line of duty
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 05:09:13 -0700
The Wheeling firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered Monday afternoon with a ceremony by the Wheeling Fire Department. Following a prayer of remembrance by the Rev. Darrell Cummings, Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms spoke briefly of the dangers firefighters are exposed to in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2018 5:09:13 AM - SOURCE: Weirton Daily Times
Ona: Custodian injured in stove fire at Cabell Midland High School
Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A Cabell County school custodian was taken to a hospital after suffering smoke inhalation in a Thursday morning fire at Cabell Midland High School in Ona that forced the closure of the school for the day. School system spokesman Jeff Flowers said a stove caught on fire as students in a food prep class were cleaning it some time after 9 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Metro News
Baker Heights business catches fire
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 23:55:18 -0700
Fire crews clean up a scene Wednesday afternoon following a fire that started at Groves Cleaning Services LLC, located at 1798 Winchester Ave. Baker Heights Assistant Fire Chief Cory Roberts said one female worker was present at the time of the fire, but she was able to get out of the business without injuries.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2018 11:55:18 PM - SOURCE: Martinsburg Journal
Wood County: Avoiding an accident while responding to an accident
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:53:13 -0700
State law says drivers should pull over, as close as possible, to the right side of the road, and clear of intersections, when an ambulance or other emergency vehicle is approaching. But Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens, a former Vienna police chief, says they don't always do that. "I've had people lock their brakes and stop in the middle of Grand Central (Avenue), a six-lane highway," Sheriff Stephens says.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2018 3:53:13 PM - SOURCE: WTAP-TV Fox Channel 5 News Center
Homeless man arrested after police said he attempted to start fire at vacant car wash
Wed, 31 Oct 2018 13:53:54 -0700
A homeless man has been arrested after police said he attempted to start a fire inside of a vacant car wash in Fairmont on Tuesday afternoon. According to the Fairmont Police Department, officers arrived to a vacant car wash near Madison Street in Fairmont at approximately 2:09 p.m. on Tuesday after observing smoke coming from the car wash.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2018 1:53:54 PM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV Clarksburg

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