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Fire prevention, doing our part

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

This week’s fire at Shenandoah Crossing Resort is just one of several that have occurred over the county in the past few weeks.

Unfortunately, the main lodge sustained serious damage to Lake Izac’s Restaurant, the ballroom, bar area and central portions of the structure.

Thanks to the quick-thinking of staff who were on-duty at the time, all of the lodge’s guests were evacuated and safely relocated to cabins on the property.

Two other businesses have been affected by fires in recent weeks including K ‘N K Towing in Mineral and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

Fires have also occurred on Paddock Road, Billy B. Road and at a vacant house in Bluewater Subdivision.

An apartment fire at McDonald Street Apartments resulted in two being taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

We are glad that no one has suffered major injuries in any of these fires and are thankful that we have dedicated career and volunteer firefighters who work diligently to serve Louisa County.

This is typically the time of year when fires break out on open land and along our roadsides.  In some cases, it is due to a careless driver tossing a cigarette out of the car window.

The brisk winds of March fan the flames and can quickly escalate into a major forest fire.

It’s important that we all be mindful of the terrible effects a fire can have, and the lives that are risked to put them out, as well as the homeowner’s lives and property that are at risk when a fire breaks out.

It is illegal to burn before 4 p.m. from February 15 through the end of April.  Violators will be charge with criminal misdemeanor and fined $500 for each occurrence.

If you can, David Stone, forester specialist with the Virginia Department of Forestry, said if you have a large pile of leaves or debris, wait until after fire season ends.

Let’s all do our part to prevent the fires that can be avoidable, and to extend our support and generosity to those who are impacted by the devastation a fire can bring.