Monday, April 8, 2013
The fire was under control within a few minutes of the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department's response.
The Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a grease fire in a Lake Ridge kitchen shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, OWL VFD Public Relations Specialist Rebecca Barnes said. Eight residents were displaced as a result of the fire, which was caused by grease on the stove in a townhouse on Tecumseh Court. "Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported smoke coming from the front kitchen window," Barnes said. "The fire was located in the kitchen and was under control within five minutes." Dale City VFD also responded to the fire.
Monday, March 25, 2013
The cause was most likely an electrical malfunction.
A fire that engulfed a 36-foot Chris Craft behind Madigan's Grill in Occoquan yesterday was most likely caused by an electrical malfunction, according to the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department. OWL VFD initially responded to the report of a boat fire at 11:43 a.m. and found the boat in flames, with other boats nearby. Firefighters extinguished the fire in a few minutes. No one was on the boat, and no one was injured. "The boat was towed to a local marina and removed from the river to prevent any possible pollutants from the fire or fuel remaining on-board," an OWL VFD statement read.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Firefighters were able to get the house fire under control within minutes.
A firefighter sustained minor injuries Tuesday evening while putting out a Lake Ridge townhouse fire. Firefighters brought the fire on Wagon Wheel Drive under control in less than five minutes, said Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department spokeswoman Rebecca Barnes. Firefighters from that department and Dale City Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire at 8:27 p.m. Smoke was showing from the roof of the townhouse. The Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause of the incident. The firefighter was treated at Sentara Hospital. No one was home at the time of the fire.
Friday, October 26, 2012
According to Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton spokesperson Rebecca Barnes, the townhouse was "fully engulfed in fire."
Update, 10:36 a.m.: The preliminary damage estimate for the two townhouses is $400,000, according to the Fire Marshal's Office in a county release this morning. "The townhouse where the fire originated is a total loss and an adjacent townhouse was also substantially damaged," the release read. "A representative from the Building Official’s Office posted the two involved units as unsafe structures." The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time. Original story: A townhouse fire on Winding Loop Drive near Route 1 in Woodbridge early this morning has displaced one family and damaged a neighboring house. Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded at 1:06 a.m. to the report of a fire. "OWL VFD Engine 512…
Thursday, August 30, 2012
"Chief Rick" was fire chief for the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department for two decades.
The Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department announced Wednesday past chief and life member Richard (Ricky) Arrington died Aug. 28. According to an obituary posted on Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home's website, Arrington lived in Dumfries and was 55 years old. In addition to serving as a chief with OWL VFD for two decades, Arrington was also statistician for Gar-field High School football teams for many years, according to his obituary. Arrington joined OWL VFD in 1973. "Chief Rick is survived by his mother, Marguerite Arrington; his sister, Rita Adkins and husband Gary; and his brother, Robert Arrington, Jr. and wife Rita. He is also survived by his nephew, Robert Arrington III; his niece, Amy Kelly and husband Mike, and …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The child had fallen out of a kayak.
A child fell out of a kayak into the Occoquan Reservoir yesterday evening and was rescued by his mother and another person, Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department Public Relations Specialist Rebecca Barnes said. OWL VFD firefighters responded at 5:45 p.m. after someone reported that the child had fallen out of a kayak into the reservoir. "Medic 514 and Engine 514 arrived on the scene and made visual contact with the victim from the nearest shore," Barnes said. "Fortunately, the victim’s mother and another good Samaritan had come to his aid and had pulled the child from the water into a canoe." OWL Boat 514 quickly made its way to the victim. The child was then taken back to Lake Ridge Marina, where the crew of OWL ambulance …
Monday, August 6, 2012
The fire caused about $100,000 in damages.
A boat fire at Prince William Marina on Aug. 3 was accidental, the Prince William County Fire Marshal's Office said. Fire and rescue units responded to the fire at about 6 p.m., and found smoke coming from one of the boats. The fire was under control within 15 minutes, Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department spokesperson Rebecca Barnes said. The fire left one person injured and caused about $100,000 in damages. The owner was working on the boat at the time of the fire, and the boat was in dry dock. The person injured suffered second-degree burns and was treated at a regional hospital. Prince William Marina posted on its Facebook page that the man is hoping to return home on Tuesday and is recovering from his burns. …
Friday, April 6, 2012
The medal was awarded to those crews who had braved the emergency conditions of Tropical Storm Lee.
From Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department Public Relations Specialist Rebecca Barnes: OWL VFD crews recently received the Silver Medal of Valor for braving the emergency conditions of Tropical Storm Lee to rescue victims of the flash flooding along the Route 1 corridor in Woodbridge. At about 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 of last year, 911 callers began to report that residents of Holly Acres Mobile Home Park were trapped and unable to leave their residences becaue of flash flooding. When OWL VFD rescue 502 arrived on scene, the lower half of the park was flooded with close to ten feet of water. There were people on top of vehicles, while others were attempting to make their way to safety, some tied together with a rope. Crew …
Monday, March 12, 2012
The fundraiser raised more than $31,000 for childhood cancer research.
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Monday, March 12, 2012
From Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department: OWL VFD, usually known for putting out fires and responding to 911 calls, put their hair on the line to raise funds for research to find new cures for childhood cancer. On March 9, Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department hosted their 7th Annual St. Baldrick’s Event. With almost 70 heads shaved, OWL VFD raised $31,838.62 by the end of the evening, topping last year’s efforts by 18 heads and almost $2,000. “A bald head to give a kid with cancer a chance for a cure? Absolutely! It gets a bit cold, but I am happy to help,” says Firefighter Ernest DeSantis. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation provides grants to research institutions to find new cures for childhood cancer, and …
Monday, March 5, 2012
This month is women's history month.
From Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department Public Relations Specialist Rebecca Barnes: "Women’s history month has long been recognized as an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments made by women in our country. OWL VFD celebrates the contributions of women serving our community as firefighters and EMTs. Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department is proud of the fact that we were one of the first departments in Prince William to include women in the fire service. The vibrancy and quality of our services has been enhanced and their contributions to this department have been dynamic and abundant. Our department has women making a vital difference in every part of our organization. Women serve as fire fighters, …