Overheated battery may have been the cause of fire

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Something called thermal runaway may have been the cause of a fire that caused $70,000 in damage and displaced a family of 5 in Stephens City.

Thermal runaway is when a lithium battery expels toxic gas that can ignite when the battery overheats.

Overcharging batteries in cell phones, laptops or even electric cars can damage the battery and in some cases cause thermal runaway according to Dragonfly Energy.

Thermal runaway can cause a problem when the battery or the device is in a confined space.

The Red Cross has been notified of the needs of the displaced family from the Buckingham Drive area of Stephens City according to a report from the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department.

Fire crews from Stephens City, Middletown, Winchester, Shenandoah County, Strasburg and others assisted in controlling the blaze.

No one was injured in the incident.

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News Maker Lisa Wilt on VA. Tech memorial blood drive

The American Red Cross’s blood supply is now at the venerable level.

There are a number of appointments still open for the annual Virginia Tech (VT)  Memorial Blood Drive on Apr. 18.

We spoke with Red Cross Donor Recruiter Lisa Wilt about that and the current blood supply situation in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Lisa tells us of the need for donors especially with the upcoming summer season.

She also tells us of the incentives available from the Red Cross for giving.

Lisa also tells us there is still employment opportunity available from the Red Cross.

Click here for Lisa’s interview.

You can make an appointment to give by using your zip code at redcrossblood.org this is also the site to look for those employment opportunities.

By using the zip code 22601 you can set an appointment for the Apr. 18 VT memorial drive at that website as well.

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News Maker Eric Anderson on how Red Cross is progressing

The American Red Cross is asking for patience as they  continue to struggle with donations and staffing issues.

We spoke again this week with the Executive Director of the American Red Cross for the greater Shenandoah Valley Eric Anderson in our latest news maker.

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Eric tells us of the difficulties the Red Cross has faced with the pandemic, drive cancellations and staff shortages.

He also tells us that some progress is being made but it is a slow processes.

As Eric tells us the best way for us to help is to keep making those donation appointments at redcrossblood.org.

Making an appointment using your zip code will help you find a blood drive near you.

Eric also tells us how useful that website is in finding other donation opportunities.

Eric also tells us about a 72 year old first time donor who wishes she had given years before.

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The American Red Cross needs blood donors after blood drive cancellations

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Inclement weather has cancelled blood drives in the area taxing an already low blood supply for the American Red Cross.

There are blood drive appointments available in your area.

Using your zip code at redcrossblood.org you can set an appointment convenient for you near your home.

Fri. Jan. 21 a blood drive with appointments open is scheduled for the American Legion Post on Eighth Street Front Royal from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..

If that drive fills up another is available for the future for you to set the appointment.

Donors are able to give every 56 days.

The need is greater than ever as the Red Cross is experiencing the lowest supply in a decade with a 10 percent drop in donations.

The supply limit is affecting the supply delivered to area hospitals.

If you can give that would help supply a severely depleted blood bank.

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News Maker Kitty Zuckerman on the Mon. 10/25 Red Cross Blood Drive

Monday Oct. 25 the red cross blood drive will be held at the George Washington Hotel in Winchester from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

This drive is in honor of former Winchester Mayor Charles and his wife Virginia Zuckerman.

Charles gave blood every chance he could in fact giving over 38 gallons which is why the American Red Cross honors him.

We spoke to the Zuckerman’s daughter Kitty in our latest News Maker segment.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Kitty talks about her families history of giving and the history of the drives in her dad’s honor as well.

Kitty reminds us to set that appointment to give blood at redcrossblood.org using the keyword Zuckerman.

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