By Linda Cicoira — An unidentified property owner was burning down an old house on Church Road near Tasley on the evening of Saturday, April 20, when the fire got out of his control and 911 was called.
Deputy Chief Don Amadeo of Tasley Volunteer Fire Company said fire companies were called “as it was reportedly presenting a danger to a neighboring residence. We arrived and began hitting it with the deck gun, a big water cannon on the truck.”
“Chief Jeff Beall was attempting to pull a 3-inch supply line off the hose bed when he evidently lost his footing and fell off the rear of the engine,” said Amadeo. “He was transported to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital where he was treated for apparent minor injuries and released.”
The fire was reported at about 6:35 p.m. Firefighters from Onancock, Melfa, Wachapreague, and Parksley also responded. Units were on the scene for about an hour. Firefighters were later called back “for a minor rekindle.”
In another incident, at about 3:15 a.m., April 18, firefighters from Onancock, Tasley, Parksley, Melfa, and Bloxom were dispatched to a fire in a one-car garage, with a vehicle inside, on Governor’s Drive, near Deep Creek.
Firefighters arrived to find the garage was fully involved in fire with other structures nearby. They kept the fire from spreading, extinguished the blaze, and remained on scene about 90 minutes. No injuries were reported.