Top Headlines on WHSV.com May 28

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

These are the most popular headlines on WHSV.com for May 28. Stories with available video will have a link in the headline.

Early Morning Fire Destroys Building

Reporter: WHSV News Staff

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY -- Investigators say the cause of this fire is still undetermined, but they say it could have started either from improperly discarded ash or ash that was stored in a wheelbarrow near the house. They also say there was nothing suspicious with the fire.

A fire destroyed a building next to a house on Tuesday morning. It happened on the 1200 block of Gravels Road.

The building is a complete loss. Inside were several items, including a motorcycle, a go-kart and antiques. The house next to it also sustained some damaged. No one was hurt.

The fire started just before 4 a.m. A woman living in the house said the building was built by her father.

Va Man Dies after Car Crashes into His House

Reporter: Virginia AP

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- A woman faces drunken driving charges after her car crashed into a house and killed an elderly man in Newport News.

Newport News police say 75-year-old Charles Stitt Sr. and his wife were standing in their kitchen when a car driven by 38-year-old Jennifer Mangum crashed into their house.

Police say Stitt's wife suffered non-threatening injuries and is in stable condition at a local hospital.

Mangun was charged with driving under the influence, DUI manslaughter, DUI maiming and reckless driving. The Newport News resident is being held at the Newport News City Jail. It wasn't known whether she has an attorney.

The accident occurred Monday afternoon.

Lifeguard Reminds Parents of Ways to Keep Children Safe Near Water

Reporter: Estephany Escobar

TIMBERVILLE, Va.-- The death of a 3-year-old boy in Shenandoah County reminds parents about the importance of being safe around water.

The sheriff's office recovered the body of the toddler in Cedar Creek after he went missing during a family function.

The cause of death has not been determined yet, however, drowning is suspected.

Brandon Sites, manager at the Memorial Park Pool in Timberville, said enough adults should supervise children when they are near the water.

He said one lifeguard is on the stand, if fewer than 25 people are at the pool. If there are more than 25 people, there are two lifeguards.

In addition, there are three lifeguards for more than 50 people.

He said when someone is in a river or a creek, there is no lifeguard watching. Therefore, people should use a buddy system, which means dividing kids into teams of two to look after each other.

"The water is a very fun place but it's also very dangerous. A lot of lives are lost each year swimming. It's a fun sport but you also have to make sure that you are doing it safely," said Sites.

He said if someone does not feel comfortable swimming or is in a deep area, that person should use a life jacket.

However, he advises kids to learn the basics of swimming to increase safety.

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