Daily Dispatch: Virginia News
One person escapes through window in Norfolk apartment fire
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 06:39:23 -0700
A person had to escape an apartment fire through a second floor window Sunday morning, officials said. Around 5:30 a.m., units from Norfolk Fire Rescue were called to an apartment fire in the 1000 block of Holt Street. Arriving units found smoke coming from a two-story apartment with a fire in the kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 6:39:23 AM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
Public safety divers foster cross-locality teamwork at group training
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:01:31 -0700
Divers from several local agencies combed the bed of the York River Friday for guns and a mannequin, just off the beach behind the Watermen’s Museum. Nothing nefarious had happened, though. Dive trainers planted the spray-painted BB guns and the mannequin for trainee divers to find. So if you’re planning an excursion to Yorktown Beach, don’t worry about coming across those items — they were able to recover them.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 3:01:31 PM - SOURCE: Newport News Daily Press
Henrico County Fire Department celebrates 75 years
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:46:11 -0700
The Henrico County Fire Department celebrated 75 years of service on Sunday. The department offered the community a sneak peek at every firehouse throughout the county. Retirees, as well as current firefighters, were on hand to answer questions as well as give tours. The community will soon see a different color for the fire equipment.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 6:46:11 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Firefighter injured in Richmond apartment fire
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:37:27 -0700
A Richmond firefighter is suffering from a minor ankle injury, after responding to an apartment fire. The fire broke out just before 8 p.m. at a public housing unit on the 2800 block of Bainbridge Street, according to Lt. Chris Armstrong, spokesman for Richmond Fire & Emergency Services. Officials say the fire broke out in a closet.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 6:37:27 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Region: Elderly woman meets firefighter who saved her from burning building in DC
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A senior living building in Southeast Washington went up in flames this week and a young firefighter who pulled a woman to safety got to officially meet the grateful 73-year-old and her family Sunday morning. When 21-year-old Da’Von McRae first met 73-year-old Bettye Carter, there wasn’t time for much chitchat as the flames of a large fire spread in the attic above.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington
Firefighters save dog from Henrico townhouse fire that displaced family
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:48:47 -0700
Firefighters rescued a dog from townhouse fire that displaced a family of three in Henrico County's East End Saturday morning. Capt. Rob Rowley with Henrico Fire said crews were called to a report of a fire in the living room of a townhouse in the 400 block of Adamson Street just before 8:30 a.m. "Firefighters arrived to find smoke pouring from an end unit townhouse," Rowley said.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 4:48:47 PM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Witnesses say Westmoreland County ambulance didn’t have on sirens during fatal crash: ‘I would have heard them’
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Virginia State Police are investigating witness leads as to whether an ambulance had its emergency equipment activated before striking two vehicles and killing a woman Monday in King George County, Virginia. The crash happened Monday, at 6:46 p.m., at the intersection of Route 301 and Ridge Road. “I know what I heard, and I did not hear the siren,” witness Kellie Dobson said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
33 people displaced after fire at Richmond Apartments
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:41:03 -0700
Two adults and a child escaped a fire inside their Midlothian Village apartment, along the 4010 Midlothian Turnpike, Thursday. The fire was on the third floor of the apartment complex, according to firefighters. A total of 33 people were displaced by the fire, according to the American Red Cross. "The families were provided with emergency disaster assistance that they can use for such things as Immediate food, shelter and clothing," said a Red Cross spokesperson.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 9:41:03 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6
Firefighters Practice Rescuing People from Crashed Vehicles in Ruckersville
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:41:42 -0700
Rescuing people from crashed vehicles is an all-too-common thing for first responders. But with the advancement of technology and safety in cars can present new sets of challenges for them. About 60 firefighters from across the state were in Ruckersville on Thursday, September 20, at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to learn new techniques when it comes to emergency extrication.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:41:42 PM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC29
Former Lynchburg Fire Chief now in Wilmington, worked through Florence devastation
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:15:49 -0700
Former Lynchburg Fire Chief Cecil "Buddy" Martinette retired from the department in 2005. In 2008 he became the Fire Chief in Wilmington, North Carolina. "I had a wonderful and great six years in Lynchburg, I worked with some fantastic people and many of them are still there," he said. He says the destruction from hurricane Florence is beyond what he could have imagined.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 10:15:49 AM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13
Follow-up: Fire Alarms in DC Seniors Home Didn't Work, Residents and Rescuers Say
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A day after a huge fire forced dozens of seniors out of their homes near the Washington Navy Yard, fire officials are investigating whether fire alarms in the building worked properly. Multiple residents of the Arthur Capper Senior Apartments said they heard no alarms after a powerful fire broke out about 3:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Washington
Following storms, Chesterfield County leaders survey, assess damage
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:28:14 -0700
As citizens and business owners continue to clean up and assess the damage from multiple tornadoes that touched down around the Richmond area Monday afternoon, Chesterfield supervisors Chris Winslow and Steve Elswick visited the hardest-hit parts of the county Tuesday morning and spoke with people directly impacted by the wicked storms.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 1:28:14 PM - SOURCE: Chesterfield Observer
Region: Senior residents displaced after large fire at Southeast DC public housing building
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A large fire at an apartment building that houses senior citizens in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Southeast D.C. has been contained, officials say. Firefighters responded to the Arthur Capper Senior Building in the 900 block of 5th Street at around 3:24 p.m. Wednesday as heavy fire and smoke was seen coming from the top floors, attic and roof of the public housing building.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-TV MyFox 5 DC
Virginia Beach firefighters return from volcano response in Hawaii
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 13:59:06 -0700
Virginia Beach firefighters do respond to calls out of state and, when called into action with VA-TF2, out of the country. Last August, four Virginia Beach firefighters did just that when a call for help came from the "Big Island" out of Hawaii when Kilauea, an active volcano, erupted. The members who went out to help were part of the Fire Department's HAZMAT team and were sent to to an area outside of Hila, Hawaii to assist with response to the the eruption.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 1:59:06 PM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton Roads
Kitchen fire forces 4 residents out of Henrico County townhouse
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:48:42 -0700
Firefighters responded to a Henrico townhouse after receiving reports of a working fire in the area on Tuesday evening. A little after 6 p.m., Henrico Fire units arrived at the 9500 block of Meadowgreen Road and found smoke coming from the second-floor window of one of the townhomes, according to an email from Henrico County Fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 6:48:42 PM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Saudi Arabian firefighters train in Manassas
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
"When we first started this program, two years ago, a lot of people would say, 'what are you doing? You are embedding Saudi Arabian firefighters in U.S. fire departments? That is insane,'" said Laura Bell. "An international fellowship program in Manassas, brought eight firefighters from Saudi Aramco, a Saudi Arabian national oil company to northern Virginia to learn and grow in their professions,” said Laura Bell, program manager.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV
Major flood avoided but Danville doesn’t escape problems
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:53:28 -0700
City officials breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after the rising waters of the Dan River crested around 23 feet, 5 inches below the height initially forecast. While Danville avoided the major flooding associated with water levels above 25.5 feet, the Dan River’s height reached the threshold for moderate flooding and was expected to remain above 20.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:53:28 PM - SOURCE: Go Dan River.com
Firefighters Check Smoke Detectors Around Charlottesville Homes
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:53:23 -0700
Firefighters in Charlottesville are going door-to-door to make sure people have working smoke alarms. Charlottesville’s Fire Department and the University of Virginia are working together to make sure everyone in the city has a working smoke alarm in their home. CFD says the devices can make all the difference in a life-threatening emergency.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 12:53:23 PM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC29
Remnants of Hurricane Florence unleash tornadoes across Richmond region, killing one
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:36:52 -0700
Several tornadoes, high winds and torrential rain were unleashed across the Richmond region Monday by the remnants of Hurricane Florence, leaving one man dead and significant damage. The man was killed in Chesterfield County after his workplace collapsed between 3 and 4 p.m. at Old Dominion Floor Co.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 6:36:52 AM - SOURCE: Fredericksburg.com
Plans for new Rivermont fire station progress but obstacles remain
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:12:05 -0700
Plans for the Rivermont Fire Department’s new building are progressing through the bureaucratic process, but obstacles remain before construction can begin. The Warren County Planning Commission recently set an Oct. 10 public hearing regarding a conditional use permit for the facility, which is necessary to use the agriculturally zoned land for a fire department.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 6:12:05 PM - SOURCE: Northern Virginia Daily

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