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Multiple local fire companies responded to an apartment in Petersburg on Sunday morning for a smoke investigation that was quickly confirmed to be a structure fire.
The call came to the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company a little after 9:30 a.m. and Engine Rescue 400 was dispatched in response to the call.
During the response, firefighters learned that the alert was the result a “box alarm,” which is a fire alarm that can be pulled in case of smoke or fire that will alert various fire departments to the location.
PVFC Fire Chief B. Funk arrived on scene and assumed command.

Last week, the Petersburg City Council officially named Patrick Halterman as the new chief water operator for the city of Petersburg.
The announcement came following the resignation of Frank Sharp, who had worked in the position for over 20 years. In this role, the chief water operator oversees the city’s water plant and is the person the city’s website directs to when customers have questions concerning water quality.
Halterman was welcomed by the council during their regularly scheduled Feb. 5 meeting.

A Charleston man is facing charges after he allegedly caused damage to a hotel in Petersburg, all while throwing coffee, frightening employees and taking his pants off prior to being arrested.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on the morning of Jan. 21, when officers were contacted for a reported disturbance at a hotel in Petersburg.
During the report, dispatchers advised officers that the man was in the hotel lobby when he had begun to frighten the employees and had thrown his coffee.

The Grant County Board of Education and the Grant County Fire Association officially announced last week their goal to partner together to run a community levy that will raise funds for both the county schools as well as all four fire departments.
The recent approval came from the association, who held a vote on the issue late last month and unanimously approved the proposal to join the school’s excess levy as opposed to running a separate fire levy.
“It benefits us both to do it this way,” said Grant County Schools Superintendent Mitch Webster. “I have also found it almost cruel that folks like Jeff volunteer to serve in the fire company, then they volunteer their holidays to stand out with a bucket and raise money for the company that they volunteer for. It just doesn’t make sense to me and I would certainly want to make sure we are doing everything we can for one of the most important parts of our community, which is the fire departments.”
Webster explained that while the proposal will still require approval from the state auditor’s office, the goal of incorporating other community and civic groups in a school levy call is not unusual. Webster specifically pointed to other West Virginia levies that include community organizations such as libraries.

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