Top Headlines Feb. 21

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on for Feb. 21. For stories with available video, click on the headline links.

Crews from Around the Valley Respond to Fire at RR Donnelley


ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- An industrial fire at RR Donnelley on Kratzer Rd. is finally out.

The fire started around 5 p.m. Wednesday night. Every fire crew in Rockingham County responded.

Rockingham County Fire Chief Jeremy Holloway said they still don't know how it started, but they do know it started in the rear bale room of the plant, which contains large bales of paper.

On Thursday morning, crews removed paper and debris out of the room to make sure there were no hot spots.

No one was hurt in the fire, but the building sustained moderate damage, according to Holloway.

Fire crews are still searching for a cause.


Man Escapes Fire Thanks to Neighbor


Fire crews responded to an electric base board heater fire at a home on Route 11 on Wednesday night.

Weyers Cave firefighter Douglas Wrenn said after the base board heater caught on fire, it burned down the basement floor and the walls. Eventually, it spread to the attic.

Wrenn said the man who lived in the home was not injured. However, the damage to the home could cost up to $50,000.

The owner of the home said he thanks his neighbor, Elizabeth Swank, for helping him escape.

Swank said when she noticed the flames, she called 911 immediately. She also said she yelled and honked the horn outside the home until her neighbor came out.

"I wanted to run in but I was like you can't run into a fire so I just kept screaming and yelling for him. We see him a lot he comes out every day and walks up and down the road and takes care of things and makes sure everything is in order so we enjoy seeing him around," said Swank.

The homeowner is now receiving temporary housing assistance while his home undergoes repairs.


Crews Battle Structure Fire at Mistimore Plants in Rockingham Co.


Crews with the Rockingham County Fire Department and Bridgewater Fire Department put out a structure fire at Mistimore Plants farm. It's on Pike Church Road.

Hazmat crews were also there to assist the fire crews.

The call came into Harrisonburg ECC around 11 a.m. Thursday with reports of a structure fire at a local farm.




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