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July 29, 2008
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - At least two people were injured in an accident on U.S. 340 Tuesday evening near Chestnut Hill Road and the West Virginia-Virginia line, officials said. One person was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., and the other was flown by helicopter to another medical center for treatment, according to Ed Smith, operations manager for the Jefferson County Ambulance Authority. Smith did not believe either person had life-threatening injuries.
NEWS
February 25, 2007
BARDANE, W.Va. - A fire early Saturday destroyed a home near Bardane, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. Firefighters from all five volunteer departments in Jefferson County, along with units from Baker Heights and South Berkeley volunteer fire departments and Loudoun County, Va., were dispatched to 144 Elder Lane at 1:11 a.m., Smith said. Smith said a preliminary investigation of the blaze revealed it appeared to begin in the attic of the ranch-style home and quickly spread through blown-in insulation in the 1,000-square foot residence.
NEWS
July 17, 2002
SUMMIT POINT, W.Va. - A fire that destroyed an abandoned two-story log home behind South Jefferson Public Library Monday night is being described by fire officials as suspicious, a county fire official said Tuesday. It appears the fire along Summit Point Road started on a front porch, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. When firefighters arrived at the house after getting the call about 10:30 p.m., it was engulfed in flames, said Smith. It was difficult to extinguish the fire because of the building's log construction, said Smith.
NEWS
July 11, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A fire that burned through 30 acres of wheat fields Tuesday afternoon was burning about an acre a minute, a fire official said. Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co., said it was one of the fastest moving fires he has ever seen. The fire, which started about 5 p.m., burned a 30-acre area between Curry Lane and W.Va. 115 west of Ranson, Smith said. Witnesses said they saw a man, believed to be in his late teens, throw something from a car into the wheat field and drive off, Smith said.
NEWS
by DAVE McMILLION | February 26, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputy was not wearing a vest designed to protect him from gunfire when he was shot last Monday, Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said Sunday. Cpl. Ronald Fletcher was not wearing his vest, as deputies are required to do, when he responded to 74 Orchard Drive in Ranson, W.Va., for a report of a man trying to break in through the back door of a home, Boober said. Fletcher, 26, suffered gunshot wounds to his upper left arm and torso during the incident.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 3, 2008
RANSON, W.VA. - A fire early Saturday that ripped through the Southern States store on Mildred Street in Ranson caused about $500,000 in damages, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Company. A lightning strike might have caused the fire, Smith said. A West Virginia state fire inspector has been called in to make a conclusive decision. "We feel very confident that's what it is, but we want an investigator to look at it in further detail," Smith said, adding he didn't know when the inquiry would begin.
NEWS
May 7, 2010
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A barn on the historic Claymont Court mansion property south of Charles Town was destroyed by fire Friday night, a spokesman for the Independent Fire Co. said Sunday. Dispatchers were receiving calls about the fire from people in nearby subdivisions, but it was hard to determine the location of the blaze, Ed Smith said. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the barn, which measured about 40 feet by 40 feet, had collapsed, Smith said. An old tractor and other small equipment were being stored in the barn, Smith said.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 2, 2008
RANSON, W.Va. -- A fire early Saturday that ripped through the Southern States store on Mildred Street in Ranson caused about $500,000 in damages, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Company. A lightning strike might have caused the fire, Smith said. A West Virginia state fire inspector has been called in to make a conclusive decision. "We feel very confident that's what it is, but we want an investigator to look at it in further detail," Smith said, adding he didn't know when the inquiry would begin.
NEWS
July 16, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A 3-year-old boy fell Thursday afternoon into a swimming pool in the Conestoga Estates subdivision off W.Va. 230, according to a rescue official. The boy made his way from a front yard to the backyard, where the pool was, said Ed Smith, a manager for the Jefferson County Ambulance Authority. The boy's mother found the boy in the pool and rescued him, Smith said. When rescue officials arrived about 3:30 p.m., the boy was not breathing and did not have a pulse, but he regained his pulse by the time he arrived at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | June 13, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man believed to be in his 30s was rescued Thursday afternoon from Jefferson Memorial Park Pool when he went underwater, officials said. The man was unconscious after the incident, but he was talking when he was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, according to Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. As a result, the man's condition "looks pretty positive," Smith said. The man was flown to a hospital, but Smith was not sure which one. The man might have followed someone into the deep end of the pool, said Patti Mulkeen-Corley, one of the board of directors for the pool along Forest Avenue.
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May 7, 2010
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A barn on the historic Claymont Court mansion property south of Charles Town was destroyed by fire Friday night, a spokesman for the Independent Fire Co. said Sunday. Dispatchers were receiving calls about the fire from people in nearby subdivisions, but it was hard to determine the location of the blaze, Ed Smith said. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the barn, which measured about 40 feet by 40 feet, had collapsed, Smith said. An old tractor and other small equipment were being stored in the barn, Smith said.
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July 16, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- A 3-year-old boy fell Thursday afternoon into a swimming pool in the Conestoga Estates subdivision off W.Va. 230, according to a rescue official. The boy made his way from a front yard to the backyard, where the pool was, said Ed Smith, a manager for the Jefferson County Ambulance Authority. The boy's mother found the boy in the pool and rescued him, Smith said. When rescue officials arrived about 3:30 p.m., the boy was not breathing and did not have a pulse, but he regained his pulse by the time he arrived at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 28, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. -- Incumbent Mayor Peggy Smith wants to keep her job for another four years and if voters support her, she promises she will continue to "work on projects that benefit the city and all of its citizens. " She wants to accomplish that, she said, by continuing to lead city government as a viable business and increasing revenue while staying within the budget. Smith is running hard on her four-year record as Charles Town's top elected official. She points to such accomplishments as the hiring of a new police chief, city manager and part-time tourism director.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 3, 2008
RANSON, W.VA. - A fire early Saturday that ripped through the Southern States store on Mildred Street in Ranson caused about $500,000 in damages, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Company. A lightning strike might have caused the fire, Smith said. A West Virginia state fire inspector has been called in to make a conclusive decision. "We feel very confident that's what it is, but we want an investigator to look at it in further detail," Smith said, adding he didn't know when the inquiry would begin.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | August 2, 2008
RANSON, W.Va. -- A fire early Saturday that ripped through the Southern States store on Mildred Street in Ranson caused about $500,000 in damages, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Company. A lightning strike might have caused the fire, Smith said. A West Virginia state fire inspector has been called in to make a conclusive decision. "We feel very confident that's what it is, but we want an investigator to look at it in further detail," Smith said, adding he didn't know when the inquiry would begin.
NEWS
By CHRIS CARTER | August 2, 2008
ST. THOMAS, Pa. -- Many service organizations hold several annual fundraisers to generate money to be used toward community service. The Mount Parnell Lions Club does just fine with one annual community boosting event per year, which was held this weekend. The club held its 57th annual Ox Roast on Friday and Saturday, inviting hundreds to feast on thousands of pounds of roast beef and other dishes at the Detrich-Brechbill Post 612 American Legion grounds on U.S. 30. "This is our one moneymaker of the year," co-chairman Ed Smith said.
NEWS
July 29, 2008
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - At least two people were injured in an accident on U.S. 340 Tuesday evening near Chestnut Hill Road and the West Virginia-Virginia line, officials said. One person was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., and the other was flown by helicopter to another medical center for treatment, according to Ed Smith, operations manager for the Jefferson County Ambulance Authority. Smith did not believe either person had life-threatening injuries.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | June 13, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A man believed to be in his 30s was rescued Thursday afternoon from Jefferson Memorial Park Pool when he went underwater, officials said. The man was unconscious after the incident, but he was talking when he was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, according to Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. As a result, the man's condition "looks pretty positive," Smith said. The man was flown to a hospital, but Smith was not sure which one. The man might have followed someone into the deep end of the pool, said Patti Mulkeen-Corley, one of the board of directors for the pool along Forest Avenue.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | April 28, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - About 150 people were evacuated from the Wal-Mart along U.S. 340 north of Charles Town Sunday night after two people inside reported having respiratory problems, a fire official said. Emergency officials sampled the air inside the store but detected no problems, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. It is possible the two people smelled an odor that was common in the store but odd to them, Smith said. The store was closed about 8 p.m. but was expected to reopen about 10 p.m., according to Smith.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | December 13, 2007
LEETOWN, W.Va. - Three people who were inside a home off Sulphur Springs Road when it caught fire Wednesday afternoon escaped the house, although one man in the house had to be dragged out, a fire official said. That man suffered some burns and chest pains, although everyone in the house was OK later in the day, according to Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. The 3:32 p.m. fire in the home at 280 Egypt Road started as a result of a grease fire on a stove, Smith said.
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