A call came into emergency communications at 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, reporting a stranded boat on the James River between Dutch Gap and Hopewell. Conditions were heavy fog. The Enon Fire Boat was dispatched for the emergency. “We had to launch from the Hopewell Mariner,” said Bruce Vecchoni of Enon Volunteer Fire Department. “The fog was so bad we couldn’t see anything, we had to use the GPS to locate the stranded boat. We towed the boat to dock, it was too dangerous to leave them out there.” Two Matoaca residents were on the boat. No injuries were reported. The rescue operation was completed at 9 p.m.
Vehicle into a pole
On Jan. 14 at 1:28 p.m., fire and medical personnel from Centralia Fire Station along with county police were dispatched to Centralia and Salem Church roads for a motor vehicle crash. Information reported to emergency communications stated one vehicle was into a traffic light pole. Personnel arrived on scene and reported a two vehicle T-bone crash. No fire was discovered and one occupant had minor injuries. The crash is under investigation.
On Jan. 12 at 11:05 a.m., fire and medical personnel from Centralia and Bensley fire stations were dispatched to the 4100 block of Laurel Oak Road for an oven fire. Smoke had begun to fill the residence. The fire was contained to the oven and crews helped ventilate the residence.