2009-01-14 / News

Scooter driver injured

Becky Robinette Wright

Officials said the operator of a scooter was critically injured on Jan. 3 shortly before 2 p.m. after being involved in a crash on Cogbill Road near its intersection with Castlewood Road.

Becky Robinette Wright/Chesterfield Observer The driver of this scooter was critically injured after sideswiping a car and hitting a guardrail on Cogbill Road.
Cogbill was closed in both directions while aid was provided to the scooter's driver, who was transported to VCU Medical Center.

Police said the 2008 Qinqi motor scooter was traveling east on Cogbill Road when the operator lost control and sideswiped a 1996 Toyota Tercel sedan traveling west. The scooter then left the roadway and struck a guardrail.

Rescue crews from Bensley and Dale stations, along with county police, responded.

Vehicle fire

Firefighters from Manchester at Courthouse Station responded to Hull Street and Genito roads for a vehicle fire around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. Firefighters discovered a pickup truck with fire coming from the rear and a brush fire that was spreading. Wagstaff Station's brush truck was dispatched to assist. The fire was quickly put out.

Becky Robinette Wright/Chesterfield Observer The residents of this house on O'Malley Drive were left homeless after it was destroyed by fire.
Brush fire

Centralia Station firefighters were dispatched to the 9500 block of Hopkins Road on Dec. 31 around 5 p.m. for a brush fire. The fire was brought quickly under control.

Unattended fire discovered

Leaves were discovered burning without anyone tending the fire in the 11800 block of River Road on Dec. 31 shortly before 1 p.m. Forestry Unit #4 and Phillips firefighters extinguished the fire.

Transformer blows in high winds


Dale Station crews were dispatched to the 5500 block of Cogbill Road on Dec. 31 around 1:30 p.m. for reports of an explosion heard and power out in the area.

Wind gusts were recorded at up to 40 mph.

Firefighters began searching all of the utility poles on Cogbill Road for the culprit. After an extensive investigation of the outage, firefighters discovered a transformer at Cogbill and Iron Bridge roads with all of its fuses blown. Dominion Virginia Power was contacted for the residents.

New Year's Eve fire claims home


Firefighters jumped into their fire engines, medics manned an ambulance and county police shifted into high gear responding to a report of a possible house fire around 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 in the 7200 block of O'Malley Drive.

First responders reported the house fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters confirmed the home was unoccupied and launched an all out effort to extinguish the fire. Conditions were challenging with high wind gusts and plummeting temperatures. As the water spray hit the pavement, black ice formed and made conditions dangerous. Sand was spread to provide traction.

Fire crews fought hard to protect nearby homes and were successful.

The residents were displaced, and the cause is under investigation.

Toilets on fire

Swift Creek Station firefighters were dispatched on Jan. 5 around 4 a.m. for two portable toilets on fire in the 2600 block of Seabird Drive. The arson fire was quickly extinguished, and county police responded to investigate.

Matoaca brush fire

Ettrick and Matoaca firefighters were dispatched to Dupuy Road for a brush fire on Jan. 4 around 10:30 p.m. Smoke was seen coming from the woods as fire crews approached. The crews quickly extinguished the blaze.

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