Fires and vehicle crashes keep first responders busy

On Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:42 p.m., firefighters and county police were dispatched to 5702 Jefferson Davis Highway for a brush fire. A large column of smoke could be seen billowing from the woods behind a shopping complex that included a Food Lion grocery store. A brush fire was discovered deep in the woods and additional firefighters were requested.  Large hoses snaked across the parking lot behind the Food Lion, were threaded through a chain link fence and carried into the woods. An aggressive attack on the fire from crews soon had the fire under control. Dry leaves, sticks, brush and thick woodland conditions along with a slight wind made fire conditions very dangerous. No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation. Firefighters from Bensley and Dale fire stations handled the emergency.

In other incidents

  • Nov. 20 at 1:57 p.m., a motor vehicle crash was reported at E. Hundred Road and Bermuda Orchard Lane.
  • Virginia State Police were dispatched to a two vehicle crash on Interstate 95 southbound north of Route 10 on Nov. 21 at around 1:30 p.m. State police responded to the crash that involved a fuel truck and a pick-up truck pulling a utility trailer. The fuel truck struck the rear of the utility trailer causing the vehicles to lodge together. There were no reported injuries. The roadway was closed southbound at approximately 2:45 p.m. to allow the clean-up crews to dislodge the fuel truck from the trailer. As vehicles exited the interstate to avoid the crash, roadway arteries quickly filled up causing traffic backups and slow movement for drivers. The interstate was reopened at around 4 p.m. Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the Virginia State Police said the crash occurred when the driver of a 2006 Freightliner Fuel Truck, who was following too close, struck the rear of a utility trailer being pulled by a 2004 Chevrolet 3500 pick-up. The driver of the fuel truck, Wayne L. Spencer, 62, of Chesterfield, was charged with following too close. In addition to fire and medical personnel from Dutch Gap, Chester, Centralia and Bensley fire stations, the haz mat team from Airport Fire Station was dispatched to contain the fuel leak.
  • Nov. 18 at 4:53 p.m., fire asnd medical personnel from Bensley, Manchester, Airport, Dale,Buford, DSCR and City of Richmond fire stations were dispatched for an apartment fire in the 3500 block of Meadowdale Blvd. Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS said the fire was discovered to be a pot of food left on the stove. No one was at home at the time of the fire.
  • Nov. 24 at 6:33 p.m., a motor vehicle crash was reported at 14705 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
  • Nov. 24 at 2:11 a.m., a motor vehicle crash was reported at 12001 River Road.

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