Matoaca crews rescue man trapped under mammoth tree

Fire and medical personnel from Matoaca and  Ettrick fire stations along with  Virginia State Police Med-Flight, Ettrick-Matoaca Volunteer Rescue Squad, a battalion chief, a tactical safety officer and county police were dispatched on April 3 shortly before noon for a man trapped under a mammoth sized tree in the 7400 block of Pickhurst Ct.  The tree was reported to be about 22 inches in circumference and about 24 feet tall. A neighbor with a tractor had attempted to move the tree but it was too heavy, at that point, the neighbor used the tractor to prevent the tree from slipping further down on the man while rescuers were on the way. Fire department personnel arrived on scene and quickly began efforts to stabilize the tree and assess the victim’s medical condition. A fire engine established a landing zone in a near-by field for Med-Flight to safely land. As soon as the helicopter touched down, the flight paramedics joined the ground team to assist. “Rescuers placed special air bags under the tree and pumped them up to lift the tree,” said Battalion Chief Eddie Berry, “then wooden blocks were placed underneath to prevent the tree from shifting or falling.” During the rescue efforts paramedics monitored the patient’s condition. After the victim had been removed from under the tree his condition appeared to be non-life threatening so he was transported to a hospital via Ettrick Matoaca Volunteer Rescue Squad. The man had been cutting trees when he became trapped.

Homicide, suicide and devastating house fire

On April 2, the body of Madalyn C. Carey, 42, who resided in the 13600 block of Duxton Drive, was found in the ashes of her home with a gunshot wound.. Police have ruled the death as a homicide. A male occupant of the home identified as Lloyd Edward Warren,Jr., 46, was named by police as a person of interest and a bulletin was issued with a photo of him and information regarding the vehicle he was believed to be driving. On April 4, Warren, Jr. was located at what police say was a remote cemetery on Jefferson Road in Cumberland County. Warren, Jr. was dead, police say, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Around 10:30 a.m. on April 2, fire and medical personnel were dispatched to Duxton Drive for a house fire. Responding were personal from Chester, River’s Bend, Centralia and Airport fire stations. Two battalion chiefs, a tactical safety officer, county police and the fire department public information officer were also on scene. The county Mobile Command Unit, some heavy construction equipment and multiple fire inspectors were added to assist. The home had been fully engulfed with fire when crews arrived on scene. The fire was so hot, siding on an adjacent home melted. Fire officials couldn’t locate the homeowners at first. “The homeowners had rented the home out and didn’t notify the Home Owners Association,” said David Peat, President of the Association. “So it wasn’t known who lived in there at the time of the fire.”  Local residents were shocked at the fire in their neighborhood. Curtis Manning had lived in the neighborhood about one year,” I was in my yard and saw smoke,” he said. “I got in my truck and drove around to see what was going on, fire trucks were out here.”  Wayne Johnson has lived in the neighborhood twelve years and says he has never seen anything like this before. “I live a few houses up,” he said. “ My son and I smelled the smoke and started going across the street we were going to knock on the door to warn whoever was living in there, but neighbors were already banging on the doors and yelling that the house was on fire. No one answered,” Johnson said.  Rescue crews had to use heavy machinery to remove part of the collapsed back wall to remove the deceased victim. The incident is under investigation.

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