Grace Baptist Church was deemed a total loss after more than 70 firefighters responded to the massive fire over the weekend.
At approximately 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, the Kannapolis Fire Department was notified of a possible structure fire at the church, located at 1409 East 11th Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found a well-involved fire in the church and flames shooting from the roof. Kannapolis fire department officials said the fire went to three alarms and neighboring departments were brought in to assist. Units from the Salisbury and Concord fire departments assisted in fighting the fire, with a total of 75 firefighters.
Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune
A former Charlotte Fire Department captain says she feels “betrayed” after her pension was reduced because she spent two weeks out of a 25-year career on so-called light-duty.
Shortly before her retirement in 2013, June Stilwell, a former captain, had a pain in her shoulder. She decided to spend her final two weeks before retirement behind a desk.
But when the Charlotte Firefighters Retirement System’s board of trustees calculated Stilwell’s retirement benefits, it decided that those two weeks behind a desk were critical in determining her pension. Her retirement was based on a 40-hour work week that’s associated with light duty – not the 52-hour regular week that firefighters typically have. Stilwell worked almost her entire career on a 52-hour workweek.
The decision has cost her $300 a year, for the rest of her life.
“It has devastated me,” said Stilwell, who is 62. “I put my life on the line for 25 years.”
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Firefighters in Harrisburg are trying to figure out what started a fire at home Monday morning.
Three adults and three children were able to escape the home on Starwood Drive, near I-485. Firefighters said the fire was mostly in the attic of the home and burned through the roof.
The family will not be able to return the home for now. The Red Cross is helping them find a temporary place to stay.
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The Cape Fear Training Center held a fire training exercise on Saturday to help new firefighters entering the field.
The brave young men and women got experience with ladder work, ventilation, hazardous materials, and how to properly use a chainsaw to cut holes in roofs.
It's all about experience. Dillon Byrd who took part said the training is moving him closer to becoming better prepared.
"After taking all these different classes I have to say it definitely prepares you. It does not teach you everything but as of right now I feel prepared to vent a roof, and force in a door."
Cape Fear Safety will Partner with New Hanover County and Eastern Carolina Firefighters associations for additional training exercises in April and October.
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