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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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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
November 1, 2002
Boating activities should be avoided Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided through Saturday because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Thursday. Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Paw Paw to Hancock, and the Shenandoah at Millville because of recent rain, a natural resources police news release said. This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white water paddlers.
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by DAVE McMILLION | January 23, 2004
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A family was left homeless Thursday after a fire in their home on Cattail Road. Family members in the house tried to throw water on the fire to control it but were quickly overwhelmed, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke could be seen in the area and fire was blowing out the rear of the home, which was close to the intersection with...
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 7, 2005
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The state Fire Marshal's office is being asked to help determine the cause of a fire Sunday afternoon that resulted in about $650,000 damage to a three-story home on Kabletown Road and its contents, a fire official said. The fire marshal's office is being asked to help investigate the fire because it has been difficult to pinpoint the cause and because of the extent of the loss, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. The fire, which was reported about 5:05 p.m., caused about $400,000 damage to the house and about $250,000 damage to contents inside, including antiques, Smith said.
NEWS
July 1, 1997
By DAVE McMILLION Staff Writer, Martinsburg CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The body of a Charles Town man who drowned on Saturday was pulled from the Shenandoah River on Monday, officials said. John Sherey, 35, was found about 10:30 a.m. by a fisherman who was helping authorities search for him, said Ed Smith, chief of the Independent Fire Co. in Ranson. Sherey's body was found about 300 yards downstream from the point he went under water, said Smith. The fisherman noticed the body in a rocky area of the river about 100 feet from the bank, Smith said.
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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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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.
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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.
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by DAVE McMILLION | November 20, 2002
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A 10-year-old boy suffered head injuries when he fell 45 feet down a shaft at an old grain processing facility in Charles Town Tuesday afternoon, rescue officials said. The boy, along with his mother, were flown to Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., after the 2 p.m. accident, said Ed Smith, chief of Independent Fire Co. The boy, who was not identified, was listed in critical condition at the hospital Tuesday night, a hospital spokesman said.
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