An improperly discarded cigarette on the deck of a first-floor apartment ignited the fire that engulfed the Southview Apartment building at 1083 Lois Lane on Thursday, according to the Harrisonburg Police Department’s investigation.
The ballots are set for the contenders vying for legislative seats representing the Valley. And the action on the campaign trail will increase soon, especially for “firehouse primary” in April that will decide the Republican nominee in the 25thState Delegate District that covers southern Rockingham County.
More than 40 residents — nearly all of whom are JMU students — were displaced after a fire started on the first floor of one of the Southview Apartment buildings and eventually engulfed the entire structure Thursday afternoon.
On a sunny Friday, JMU junior Ahmad Hassane waits patiently beneath the looming brick and concrete mass of Godwin Hall. He’s anticipating the arrival of the Virginia Breeze – the year-old bus line with soaring ridership that runs from Blacksburg to Washington, D.C., with Harrisonburg one of several stops along the way.
Council members offered support at Tuesday’s meeting to a civic project memorializing Charlotte Harris, a victim of a public lynching in Harrisonburg 141 years ago.