REC names Director of Operations and Construction Services

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the promotion of Arthur Wholely to the Director of Operations and Construction Services.

This role oversees System Operations which includes managing field crews, coordinating mutual aid during major outages, transmission outage planning, and communications between all substations and REC’s various groups.

Wholely began his career at REC as a meter tester and has worked his way up to his previous role of System Operations Supervisor.

He is a graduate of Liberty University and the current Fire Chief of Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department, where he resides.

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Stanley Fire Department battle a major blaze

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An email from Stanley Fire Chief Terry Pettit confirms a major fire south of Stanley.

The Stanley Fire Department responded to a Sunday Morning building fire at Purdham Hill Road around 11:20.

Firefighters arrived to find the building fully involved with the fire threatening a nearby camper, pickup truck and a neighbors storage building.

The residents of the house attempted to extinguish the blaze but they could not contain it and had to back away.

Preliminary investigation indicates the fire was caused by a generator being used.

However the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Total damage to the camper, pickup, neighbor’s storage building and the initial fire site was approximately $30,000.

Pettit reports the building where the fire started was owned by Lisa Good of Stanley and was uninsured.

The fire took about 20 minutes to contain with five units responding with 25 firefighters  remaining on the scene for a little over an hour.

No injuries were reported with the Page County Sheriff’s Office assisting in the investigation.

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Warren County Fire Chief Bonzono: get the chimney inspected

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) Chief James Bonzono in a WCFR social media post reminds citizens to have their chimneys professionally inspected before starting fires this season.

This, after a chimney fire in the 900 block of Goodview Drive Front Royal rendered a home uninhabitable after a chimney fire.

The fire began in the attic of the home around 8:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 6.

The fire was under control in 45 minutes and no one was injured in the blaze.

The former residents of the home are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Earlier in that same day WCFR had conducted an exercise involving a structure fire in the 9000 block of Winchester Road.

That was the burning of an acquired structure which saw smoke and flames rise and become visible from the road.

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