Carrollton Volunteer Fire Dept. was dispatched 1224 Sunday 9 October 2011 to a reported "fully involved" SUV fire on Old Macklesfield Road. Engine-10 responded at 1224 and arrived 1229, confirmed initial report and initiated immediate fire attack. Smithfield VFD unit E-51 arrived on scene in response to a second call of a possible brush fire reported from Huntington Park in Newport News. It was subsequently determined that the person had seen the smoke column from the burning SUV and this call was cancelled. The car fire was reported under control at 1255, VSP and IWSD units arrived on scene to investigate and all CVFD and SVFD units cleared at 1348 and the scene was turned over to VSP.

History note: This car fire occurred along one of the more historic routes in Isle of Wight County. "Macklesfield" is an incorrect spelling of "Macclesfield," the name of the 18th century farm in this area owned by COL Josiah Parker, Isle of Wight County's most notable Revolutionary War hero. COL Parker commanded the Virginia regiments in the first important victory of the American Revolution at Trenton, New Jersey, on 26 December 1776, in which GEN Washington's Army gained a complete victory over 1400 German Hessian mercenaries with the loss of only 2 Continental soldiers. Five years later, in 1781, British and Hessian troops marched along this same "Old Macklesfield" road to burn the home of COL Parker after his Isle of Wight County Militia was defeated at the Battle of Mackie's Mill (three miles south of Smithfield) on 16 January 1781.


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