Woodstock Authorities make an arrest in a structure fire

Woodstock Authorities report an arrest in a structure fire over the weekend.

The Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue reported to a structure fire around 10 p.m.  Fri. Aug. 12 on West Locust Street in Woodstock.

The structure was fully involved when firefighters from several regional companies arrived.

By 2:10 Saturday morning the fire was under control.

During the investigation authorities reviewed security footage that revealed a person in distinctive clothing in front of the structure before the fire was reported.

The footage led to the arrest of Ray Boyd Kerns of Toms Brook.

Kerns has been charged with one felony count of burning or destroying a building or structure.

Kerns has also been charged with a count of intentionally destroying, defacing or damaging a building.

Kerns was a member of the Woodstock Fire Department and is currently suspended.

The Woodstock Fire Department report that they are cooperating fully with investigators.

The structure was a 1902 wood frame multi story abandon building owned by Lena Frances Keegan.

No other buildings were damaged and no injuries were reported in the incident.

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Loudoun County Authorities investigate a series of fires

The Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office announced they are investigating multiple outside fires.

The fires appear to have been set in the overnight hours Sat. into Sun. Aug. 6 and 7.

The fires were specifically along Planting Field Drive between Edgewater Street and Tall Cedars Parkway.

Citizens are asked to review home security footage systems for any suspicious activity between Sat. night and early Sun. morning.

Also if any citizens are missing gas cans or engine oil containers or have any information on the incidents you are asked to contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Contact Josh Hottle at 571-831-1903 or Joshua.Hottle@Loudoun.gov if you have any information.

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News Maker Lenny Millholland on battle of the badges 2022

Frederick County Sheriff vs. Frederick County Fire Chief in the battle of the badges blood drive.

The battle is ON tomorrow June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Public Safety Building Winchester.

Appointments are open at redcrossblood.org using the keyword battle2022 in the sponsor code location.

We spoke to Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland about the battle in our latest news maker.

News makers are brought to you by Warren County Together We are Community.

Lenny not only tells us about the battle but about how important it is to make that appointment.

It is also important to continue to check the website redcrossblood.org to see if appointments open up for the drive.

Lenny also reminds us where the battle is fun the important thing is to give the gift of life no matter whose side you’re on.

Click here for Lenny’s interview.

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WFRD is recognized by the American Heart Association

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The City of Winchester announced that the Winchester Fire and Rescue Department (WFRD) has been recognized by the American Heart Association.

The WFRD received the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline EMS Gold Plus achievement award.

This is in recognition of the WFRD’s commitment to offering rapid, research based care to people experiencing the most severe form of heart attack.

Thanks to the quick accurate response of the WFRD they have ultimately saved lives.

When it comes to blockage of blood flow to the heart  timely treatment is critical.

The American Heart Association’s  Mission Lifeline is treatment that begins with  that 911 call and continues through hospital treatment and  discharge.

Optimal care for the patient takes coordination between the hospital, EMS and health care system to add  life saving minutes in treatment.

The Mission Lifeline achievement award is earned by agencies that demonstrate a commitment to treating patients.

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WCFR and FRPD rescue two with heroic actions

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Two Front Royal Police Department (FRPD) Officers and Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) members responded to a house fire around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The two Front Royal Police Officers have been saluted and commended in a video found here.

The Officers were the first on the scene and found two people inside the burning structure.

Thanks to the Officers quick action and risking their own safety they were able to save the residents inside the home.

Unable to enter through any doors Officer Martin quickly cut a window screen and entered through the window.

Once inside Martin found two non ambulatory residents.

Overcome with smoke Martin had to leave the home through the same window she entered.

In the meantime Sergeant Suess had arrived on the scene and was able to literally break down and remove a door to enter.

The two Officers reentered the home and pulled the two occupants out of the house to safety.

Once safe outside the couple was treated for smoke inhalation and transported to the hospital to be checked.

Two firefighters were also injured battling the blaze.

One firefighter was treated at the scene while the other was taken to the hospital and later released.

The home in the 18 Street area of Front Royal was deemed a total loss and uninhabitable.

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FCFR and FCSO investigate fire death

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The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed in an email the investigation of an incident early May 5.

The Frederick County Fire Marshal’s Office in coordination with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an investigation into a fire that involved the death of a victim.

Frederick County Emergency Communications received a call of a structure fire at 665 Pifer Road.

Units from Star Tannery were the first to arrive around 5:50 a.m. yesterday May 5.

Crews found the enclosed back porch of the house was fully involved with fire.

An adult male occupant of the house reported that a disabled female occupant was unaccounted for.

Crews initiated a primary search finding the remains of the victim in the engulfed back porch.

The investigation of the incident continues including a complete autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia for positive identification.

The origin of the fire is still to be determined.

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WCFR rescue a paraglider

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) assisted Shenandoah National Park Police rescue a paraglider yesterday.

The WCFR released information of a paraglider becoming stuck in a tree near the 5 mile marker on the Skyline Drive.

The unidentified male was suspended approximately 30 feet in the air.

The paraglider launched from Dickie ridge and intended to land at Skyline High School.

The man who managed to free himself from the glider and move to a limb was uninjured.

Crews used a ladder truck to assist him down which closed the drive for approximately 45 minutes.

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WCFR report an injured firefighter and displaced residents

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) report responding to a Sunday afternoon fire on Feb. 27.

The fire was reported on Vista Fork Road off of Strasburg Road at Approximately 1:15 p.m..

The fire started in the buildings addition and spread to the main part of the house rendering it uninhabitable.

The residents were able to evacuated safely and were assisted by the American Red Cross.

Investigators determined the cause to be improperly discarded smoking materials.

One firefighter who suffered minor burns was treated at the scene then evaluated at the hospital with no other injuries being reported.

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WFRD offers home safety assessments

Drew DeHaven

An email from the City of Winchester announced that Winchester Fire and Rescue Department’s (WFRD) Community Risk Reduction Division (CRRD) is offering safety assessments.

The programs are for older adults to prevent the most common causes of injury and loss, fires and falls.

The main purpose of the CRRD is to prevent common incidents that require emergency medical or fire suppression services.

Members of the CRRD are able to offer in home life safety assessments as well as in group presentations.

CRRD hopes to identify elements that might cause a hazard.

Senior living facilities and organizations are encouraged to take advantage of the assessments and presentations.

If you or someone you know could benefit from an assessment or presentation contact the WFRD at (540) 662-2298.

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WCFR with help from the community brightens Christmas for 16 families

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) posted on social media that they were able to help 16 families over the Christmas holiday.

The WCFR is quick to thank those that made the project possible.

With the help and support of the community and Warren County government staffers they were able to offer personalized stockings and presents for those 16 families.

The department with the help and support of others brightened the holiday for those 16 families that included 49 children and 12 senior citizens.

WCFR thanks everyone involved in adopting a family and wishes everyone a happy new year.

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