Fire & Rescue

Firefighters urge vigilance after bathroom fan fire

Warren County Fire and Rescue is urging the public to be vigilant when it comes to room exhaust fans following a Monday fire near Waterlick that displaced five residents. The fire, which occurred at 101 Deer Place Court, originated in the home's attic and was started by a malfunctioning ...

Local man dies in Berryville trench collapse

A Front Royal man working on a residential sewer line in Berryville died Wednesday after a trench collapsed and buried him up to his neck. Officials with the Clarke County Sheriff's Office responded to the 100 block of Battletown Drive in Berryville at 9:52 a.m. to find Russell Allen ...

Warren adds new crisis management system

Warren County Fire and Rescue will be able to better operate during emergency situations with the addition of Crisis Track, a multi-function program that allows emergency personnel to better gauge the scale and location of emergencies in addition to several other functions, said Shawn Graber, ...

Woman, child escape house fire unharmed

EDINBURG – Fire and rescue crews from several area departments responded to a house fire at 175 Stultz Gap Road shortly after noon on Tuesday. No injuries were reported. The house was a rental property owned by Tony George and rented by Travis Lichliter. Lichliter declined to comment, ...

Process underway for selecting new county fire chief

County officials are making progress in filling its fire and rescue chief position left vacant after former chief Gary Yew's retirement last month. The application period ended Aug. 8 and Evan Vass, assistant county administrator for Shenandoah County is taking the next steps. “We are just ...

New fire engine on its way to Strasburg

The Strasburg Fire Department will be responding to calls in a new state-of-the-art fire engine once its 2016 Pierce Arrow XT arrives in town. It's at a dealer in Manassas, but according to Assistant Chief Dale King, fire department personnel will be picking it up sometime next week. The ...

Board fails to give volunteers say on chief

WOODSTOCK – Contention continues to grow between Shenandoah County and the volunteer New Market Fire and Rescue Department. An effort by half of the Board of Supervisors to let the volunteer agency appoint its own chief failed on Tuesday. Vice Chairman Richard Walker made a motion that ...

Three taken to hospital following state Route 55 crash

A head-on collision occurred early Monday morning when a motorist crossed the center line on state Route 55, a half-mile east of state Route 664 in Warren County, and collided with another car. Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police, said that ...

Fire burns uninhabited Maurertown house

Several area fire and rescue departments responded to a structure fire at 870 Burke Hill Road in Maurertown on Friday night. Crews arrived to find the majority of the front of the house engulfed in flames, said Joe Loving, assistant fire marshal for Shenandoah County. “It started near ...

Outgoing chief reflects on work with county

WOODSTOCK -- After 15 years of service, Gary Yew is retiring as chief of Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue. The Woodstock native's 33-year career in fire as volunteer firefighter and eventually chief will come to an end today. He is taking on a new position as an emergency preparedness and ...

Front Royal man killed in ATV crash

A Front Royal man was killed early Wednesday morning when he lost control of the ATV he was driving and struck a tree, said Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “It happened at approximately 1:49 a.m. on Route 613, 1.5 miles north of Route ...

Coordinator focuses on increasing volunteer firefighter numbers

Lacey Lancaster has been working to increase awareness and participation within Warren County's volunteer firefighter ranks since taking the position of recruitment and retention coordinator in January. Fire Chief Richard Mabie said Lancaster has been focused on informing, recruiting and ...

Crews battle fire at Quicksburg home

Several area fire departments responded to reports of a structure fire at 2576 Quicksburg Road in Quicksburg around 3 p.m. Thursday. The building, a garage attached to a residential structure, was unoccupied at the time of the fire and was reported by a passerby who reported seeing a garage ...

Deadly crash occurs on Interstate 66

A motorist was killed Friday morning when his car collided with a roll back tow truck on the side of the road in the eastbound travel lanes of Interstate 66 in Warren County at mile marker 14.4. Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler is a public information officer for the Virginia State Police. “We ...

New Market to vote on new interim fire chief

New Market Town Council will vote on appointing Tim Williams as the town’s interim volunteer fire chief, replacing former chief Gary Yew, who has announced his retirement. Williams, operations chief for Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, was recommended for appointment by New Market’s ...

Man rescued from overturned ATV

An Orkney Springs man sustained injuries when his all-terrain vehicle overturned on Tuesday. Roger Harrison, a firefighter with the Orkney Springs Fire Department, was first on the scene of the incident after a call came in at about 12:30 p.m. Harrison said a 77-year-old man was driving ...

Citizens Fire Academy begins in August

Warren County’s Citizens Fire Academy will be offering its tutelage to interested residents through a seven-week process beginning Aug. 9. The purpose of the academy is to comprehensively educate the public on the fire and departments’ operations, said Fire Marshal Gerry ...

Firefighters Carnival starts Wednesday

The 89th annual Front Royal Firefighters Carnival kicks off Wednesday across from Bing Crosby Stadium. The 10-day festival will offer rides, games food and fireworks. Entry to the carnival is free with attendees paying extra for rides, food and games. Ronald “Hoss” Feldhauser is a ...

Grant to aid in purchase of new town ladder truck

The Woodstock Fire Department has received an $857,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The money will go towards the purchasing of a new ladder truck, to be housed in Woodstock and used throughout Shenandoah County. Zach ...