SVFD battle their second fire in as many days

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For the second time in as many days the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) report responding to their second apartment fire.

On Mar. 14 a little past 9:30 p.m. crews reported to a fifteen unit two story complex located at 952 Brady Road.

Firefighters arrived five minutes after the call to find one lower floor apartment on fire and smoke going into five other units.

Smoke alarms alerted occupants and 20 residents were able to evacuate safely.

Due to cold weather ambulances were called in from Page County for residents to use to keep warm.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to just one unit the occupant of which was not home at the time but his dog was.

Despite efforts of Emergency Medical Crews the dog succumbed to its injuries.

The apartment complex is insured but the occupant of the unit did not have insurance and is being assisted by the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and is believed to have begun in the bedroom.

The apartment unit sustained approximately $50,000 in damage.

Six units responded to the fire taking about 20 minutes to bring it under control.

Crews remained on the scene for approximately 2 hours to ensure the fire was completely out.

On Mar. 13 Firefighters reported a fire that caused $40,000 damage to a different apartment in another area of Stanley.

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FCPS address inappropriate student staff behavior

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Frederick County Public School (FCPS) Officials sent a letter to families and staff  addressing concerns over cases of inappropriate possibly sexual behavior between students and some staff members.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office continues their investigation of the matters that have involved staff members and students at James Wood, Sherando High schools as well as Frederick County Middle school.

Where Frederick County Public school officials have remained as transparent and forthcoming as policy and law allows, they cannot divulge names or situations of those involved.

School officials have confirmed to parents and staff that established procedures to thoroughly investigate each instance have been followed and appropriate actions have been taken in accordance with the code of Virginia and school division policy.

In each instance action has been taken to protect students and ensure that staff members allegedly involved have no further access to students.

Two of the staff members have been placed on administrative leave and face discipline if not termination pending the out come of the investigation.

One substitute teacher form James Wood High School in an earlier incident faces a court appearance for indecent liberties according to online Frederick County Court documents.

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