Fire & Rescue

Year in Review: Local fire departments responded to thousands of calls in 2016

Fire departments throughout Warren, Frederick and Shenandoah counties responded to numerous calls for their services in 2016. Firefighters in Frederick County responded to 10,426 events alone as of Wednesday, 200 more than the prior year. Statistics for the other counties were not immediately ...

Local teen killed in crash

A New Market teenager died in a three-vehicle crash near Mount Jackson at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler, public information officer with the Virginia State Police, identified the victim as John Lee Howdyshell, 17. Tyler said that Howdyshell failed to stop at a stop sign ...

Fire burns through Woodstock apartment

WOODSTOCK – A fire Tuesday morning caused extensive damage to an unoccupied apartment at 924 Hilltop Drive. Tara Jones, 28, the apartment's soon-to-be tenant, said she and her boyfriend were set to move in on Jan. 1 with their 2-year-old daughter. They had already moved in everything they ...

Don’t get needled by holiday fires this season

Christmastime is very much here. Stockings are hung, Santa wish lists mailed and the centerpiece of the season – a lush, green Christmas tree – sits in the living room, awaiting its yearly endowment of presents. But while Christmas trees serve as many families' nerve center for holiday ...

Hunter rescued after fall

Authorities conducted a search and rescue operation Saturday after a 47-year-old Pennsylvania man fell out of a hunting stand in a remote area of the George Washington National Forest in Shenandoah Çounty. Owen Heine, conservation police officer for the Virginia Department of Game and ...

Woodstock fire vehicle overturns on icy road

A Woodstock Fire Department vehicle slid off the road and landed on its roof while responding to a call during Saturday morning's icy weather. Authorities blamed roadway ice for causing the vehicle's driver to lose control during the crash a mile or two outside of Woodstock on Fairview ...

School bus involved in morning crash

An early morning crash involving multiple vehicles, including a school bus, sent several people to the hospital, according to Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “The first vehicle was a 2011 International tractor-trailer being operated by ...

Strasburg shed destroyed by fire

An early morning fire damaged a shed in Strasburg on Friday, said Bill Streett, operations chief for the Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue. “The address was at 314 W. Queen St. in Strasburg,” Streett said. “It was dispatched at 4:58 a.m. and initially it was dispatched as a structure ...

Woodstock fire claims shed, part of house

A Thursday evening fire in Woodstock caused roughly $150,000 of damage to a shed and one other home, according to news release from the Woodstock Fire Department. Sgt. Zach Hottel, of Woodstock Fire and Rescue described the scene, which began playing out at 8:33 p.m. at 65 Cedar Lane to the ...

Cause of Warren County fire determined

The fire that destroyed the pool pavilion at the North Fork Campground on Tuesday has been estimated to have caused $300,000 in damage, according to a news release from Warren County Fire and Rescue. The 200-foot by 75-foot structure, located at 615 Homestead Drive, was a total loss. The ...

Fire destroys resort’s pool house

FRONT ROYAL -- Crews responded to an early morning fire Tuesday at the North Fork Resort, a campground in Warren County. Fire departments arrived to see the resort's pool house fully involved, said Zach Burrows, a lieutenant with Warren County Fire and Rescue. “We were dispatched to ...

Streett promoted to operations chief

Bill Streett has been named operations chief for Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue. He replaces Tim Williams, who left the position to replace Gary Yew as the county's fire chief. Williams, a native of New Market, has worked in fire and rescue in some capacity since 1987, when he was a ...

Park lifts fire ban

Shenandoah National Park has lifted its parkwide fire ban after some rainy weather made its way to the region over the past few days. Sally Hurlburt, public information officer for the 81-year-old park, said the ban was put into place as a preventative measure. “(We were) trying to ...

Fire destroys warehouse, apartment

STRASBURG – Fire destroyed a warehouse and a residence in the same building early Sunday morning. Firefighters were called to Stone House Floors at 28910 Old Valley Pike at 12:53 a.m. Sunday. Fire Marshal David Ferguson described the warehouse as “fully involved” by the time ...

County dispatching supervisor wins state award

Jennifer Bowman, a shift supervisor with Shenandoah County Department of Emergency Communications, has been recognized for her service with the Governor’s EMS Award. Bowman, of Star Tannery, has worked for the department for the last 16 years and was selected from emergency dispatchers ...

Fire destroys two houses

STEPHENS CITY – A fire Wednesday night destroyed one house and another that was under construction. Frederick County fire and rescue officials said the fire started at 128 Trumpet Vine Drive, an unoccupied house that was under construction but only a few weeks away from ...

Tractor-trailers collide on I-81

A collision between two tractor-trailers Wednesday morning caused traffic issues on Interstate 81 just south of Mount Jackson, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “The first tractor-trailer was a 2015 Volvo with a box trailer ...

Shenandoah National Park bans fires as drought conditions persist

Shenandoah National Park has instituted a park-wide fire ban, as many other public lands have, as high winds and dry conditions continue to increase the likelihood of wildfires. Patressa Kearns is a park ranger in Shenandoah. She said that all open fires, even in designated rings and pits ...

Monday crashes halt interstate traffic

A series of crashes impeded traffic Monday afternoon on north and southbound lanes of Interstate 81, according to Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “It appears that we had a crash that first occurred around northbound 81 at the 296 ...

Warren County crash sends two to hospital

Two people were taken to hospitals after a head-on crash on Route 522 in Warren County on Thursday afternoon, according to Sgt., F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “The crash happened at 3:45 p.m. yesterday (Thursday) on Route 522 one mile north ...