Fire & Rescue

Fire marshal rules weekend Hazmat concern not a health risk

Warren County Fire Marshal Gerry Maiatico said Monday that a green substance discovered in Happy Creek behind Fantasyland Park in Front Royal has been identified as a car wax-type solution. “Right now there is no immediate health risk associated with the leak, it's no danger to the ...

Unoccupied Mount Jackson house ignites, cause unknown

An unoccupied house in the 7000 block of Senedo Road in Mount Jackson suffered significant fire damage Friday around 8:20 a.m., according to Shenandoah County Assistant Fire Marshall Joe Loving. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, Loving said, but he confirmed no one was in the house ...

Three left homeless in Woodstock area trailer fire

WOODSTOCK – A fire destroyed a trailer and nearby camper at 832 Stultz Gap Drive on Tuesday. No one was injured, but the three-person family was left homeless and all of their belongings were reduced to little more than ash. The trailer’s owner, Wayne Kipps, 77, said he didn’t notice ...

Strasburg fire chief responded to multiple calls

Strasburg Fire Chief Dale King responded to five calls during a time when the Strasburg Fire Department says he was on administrative leave. According to incident reports obtained by the Northern Virginia Daily in response to a public records request, King responded to five calls between Nov. ...

Trial date set in Strasburg firefighters’ cases

WOODSTOCK – Six members of the Strasburg Fire Department accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor are scheduled to go on trial April 5. Judge Kevin Black also expanded the language of all six charges Thursday to read, “contributed to the delinquency of a minor or engaged in ...

Questions arise about department’s administrative leave policy

STRASBURG — In a statement sent late Wednesday, the Strasburg Fire Department announced for the first time that it had placed five members on administrative leave in November, and an additional member late in December, all in connection with pending court cases involving charges of  ...

Icy rescue: Firefighters pluck ‘gentlemanly’ goose from frozen pond

Members of the Stephens City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company ice rescue team were called out during the recent cold snap to rescue a Canada goose that was trapped in a frozen pond. Fire Chief John Jones said Monday that his department received a call from Frederick County dispatch asking the ...

Shenandoah Farms home destroyed in morning blaze

VIEW VIDEO A Front Royal man’s home at 436 Youngs Drive, in the Shenandoah Farms area, was destroyed in a fire shortly after 9 a.m. Monday. The Warren County Fire Marshal’s Office stated there were no injuries, either to the home’s occupant or to firefighters, but the fire caused an ...

Town officials trying to confirm status of fire chief

Over a week has passed since Strasburg Fire Department Chief Dale King, along with five other firefighters, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The department has not stated if King is still acting chief or if an interim chief has been appointed. According to an ...

Fire in Front Royal house likely ‘a total loss’

FRONT ROYAL – A fire destroyed a Front Royal house at 1055 Riverview Shores Drive Wednesday night. Warren County Fire and  Rescue Services Chief Richard Mabie estimated the fire would constitute “a total loss.” Kenny Nicol, 63, of Luray, first discovered the fire when he came by to ...

Arrests may lead to talks about oversight

The weekend arrests of six members of the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department on misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor could result in discussions surrounding potential oversight of the department. In an interview on Tuesday, Strasburg Mayor Rich Orndorff said that ...

Fire destroys camper in Front Royal

A mobile camper parked in the 300 block of Osage Stret in Front Royal was destroyed in a fire Thursday, the Warren County Department of Fire and Rescue Services stated in a news release. Fire and rescue units received a call regarding the fire at 4:38 p.m. Thursday and were able to contain the ...

Funds raised for Strasburg firefighter injured in crash

Eddie Wharton, a firefighter with the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department, was seriously injured in a car crash at 3:06 a.m. Friday while driving northbound on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County. Nathan Hirschberg, a family friend, launched a GoFundMe campaign to help Wharton pay his ...

Strasburg home burns three days before Christmas

STRASBURG – A fire destroyed a family’s home on Crim Drive in Strasburg on Dec. 22. No one was injured, although one of the family cats is still missing. Parents Leah and Scott Figgins  and their son Noah  are currently staying at the Fairfield Inn in Strasburg. Noah was the only one ...

Fire organizations cope with internal adversity in 2017

Area fire and rescue divisions saw a year of fierce blazes, brave rescues, lost historic buildings and staff controversy in 2017. A fire destroyed the Strong Oak Workshop in Front Royal in April, fueled by the timber, finishing products and varnish stored in the internal manufacturing plant. ...

Pedestrian death still under investigation

The death of a Front Royal man after he was struck by a tractor-trailer on Friday night is still under investigation, police said Monday. Calum A. Turner, 27, was struck at the intersection of South Street and Commerce Avenue in Front Royal at around 6:30 p.m., the Front Royal Police ...

Pedestrian dies after being struck by tractor trailer

A Front Royal man died Friday night after he was struck by a tractor trailer at the intersection of South Street and Commerce Avenue. Police have identified the victim as Calum A. Turner, 27. Police responding to calls notifying them of the incident at around 6:30 p.m. Friday found Turner ...

North Fork Resort recovers slowly from fire one year ago

FRONT ROYAL – Two workers armed with leaf blowers cleared melted snow from a concrete slab in North Fork Resort Monday. One year after a fire completely razed the resort’s pool pavilion, there’s not much to show. Chief Richard Mabie of Warren County Fire and Rescue Services called the ...

Fire ravages hunting lodge over the weekend

Warren County Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire in the Blue Ridge Shadows subdivision at the end of Shadows Drive at 9:24 p.m. Saturday. Owners said the building, which was built in the 1900s, was used as a hunting lodge. The fire started from an apparent electrical short in the ...