Fire & Rescue

Man dies in Basye fire

An area man was killed Thursday in a fire west of Mount Jackson that left the rest of his family homeless.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 5, 2016

A fire that sent home oxygen cylinders sailing hundreds of feet through the air took the life of a 56-year-old man in his home Thursday afternoon.

Two more fires take a toll in Warren County

January 20, 2016

Firefighters in Warren County continued scrambling Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning as one fire leveled a small house and another caused extensive damage to an apartment building.

Cold weather blamed in trailer fire

Warren County firefighters stand on the front porch of a trailer destroyed by fire at 241 Punch Run Road on Tuesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 19, 2016

Warren County fire officials reported Tuesday a rash of cold weather related calls, including a fire that destroyed a trailer in the morning.

Area man dies of burns

January 18, 2016

A Bentonville man died Saturday of burns authorities say he received after accidentally lighting his clothes and hair on fire while attempting to light a cigarette.

House fire forces evacuation

Firefighters stand outside a home at 318 Newman St., in Strasburg where fire heavily damaged the second floor on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 12, 2016

A chimney fire destroyed part of a house Tuesday morning and forced the evacuation of two occupants in what town Fire Chief Jeff Wharton said is likely to be the first of several such incidents as cold weather settles in over the area.

ATF joins VFW fire investigation

Firefighters battle the fire at the Front Royal VFW Post 1860 on July 11.  Rich Cooley/Daily file

December 1, 2015

Almost five months after fire destroyed VFW Post 1860, the cause of the fire remains undetermined and still under investigation.

Fire chief responds to accusations

November 29, 2015

Four months after three members of the Strasburg Fire Department circulated letters warning of shoddy discipline and shaky morale in the department, Fire Chief Jeff Wharton said some of the complaints had merit, some didn’t and some were exaggerated.

Fire chief wants answers on recruitment, retention

November 27, 2015

Warren County Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie hopes the impending selection of a recruitment and retention specialist will help shore up the number of volunteer firefighters whose ranks have been harder to fill in recent years.

Early morning warning

Larry Sorrell walks through the living room of his rental home that was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.   Rich Cooley/Daily

November 23, 2015

An early Sunday morning fire in Woodstock left a home heavily damaged and forced the evacuation of an occupant who was alerted to the danger by a newspaper carrier.

Mass casualty training planned

November 17, 2015

Drivers on Front Royal’s streets Wednesday morning shouldn’t be alarmed if they notice an unusual number of police cars, ambulances and fire trucks on the move from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.