Downed power lines kill dog, spark fire

A Chester family is homeless and mourning the loss of their family dog after a live electric wire from a power pole energized their home, sparking a fire on June 14, electrocuting the family dog.  One family member was transported to the hospital.

After severe storms swept through the Commonwealth, thousands of residents lost electrical power and Dominion Virginia Power worked diligently to get power restored. Power crews were working off of E. Hundred Road around 3:30 p.m. when an unnoticed downed power line that was entangled in a tree limb and dangling, became energized, when the power was restored. The energized line that was touching a chain link fence, electrified the fence that surrounded a mobile home. The family dog touched the fence and was killed.

The downed line also sparked a fire in the mobile home, destroying the family’s mobile home. Firefighters were able to retrieve an urn that held the ashes of a recently deceased family member. The fire is under investigation by Chesterfield Fire and EMS investigators and a separate investigation is being conducted by Dominion Virginia Power.

Dominion Virginia Power and The Red Cross are assisting the family.

Fatal crash on Woodpecker
Fire and medical personnel along with county police were dispatched to the 9300 block of Woodpecker Road on June 16 around 4:30 p.m. for a vehicle versus a tree. Rescuers arrived on scene and discovered three passengers with critical injuries. Virginia State Police EMS Med-Flight I was dispatched for patient transport. In addition to Med-Flight, medical personnel and transport units from Chester, Winterpock and Airport fire stations assisted in the rescue and /or transported the victims. Two fire engines, one from Phillips and one from Winterpock fire stations along with Ettrick Fire Station’s aerial ladder truck, assisted with the extrication of victims and established a landing zone for the medical helicopter.

Police say that Christopher Cashion, 51, of the 10000 block of Taylor Rd. died later at the hospital. The driver and other passenger are in stable condition at this time.  Police believe speed may have been a factor in the accident.  The crash is under investigation.

County Special Needs Bus crashes on Omo Road
Fire and medical personnel along with county police were dispatched to the 5700 block of Omo  Road on June 11 around 3:30 p.m. for a school bus crash. Personnel arrived on scene to find the bus partially off the road and in a ditch. Two students of the special needs bus were treated at the scene for minor injuries. The crash is under investigation.


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