Playing with a cigarette lighter, child sparks house fire in Raleigh
A child accidentally set a house ablaze in Raleigh Sunday morning, displacing four people and severely damaged a home, fire officials said.
A 911 call came in at approximately 8:30 a.m. and 35 firefighters from the Raleigh Fire Department, as well as officers with the Raleigh Police Department, responded to the scene at 5001 Casland Drive.
Upon arrival, emergency crews saw smoke and heavy fire shooting out from the roof and the second floor of the two-story home in the Amberfield neighborhood.
It took crews approximately 45 minutes to get the fire under control. Officials estimated that 60 percent of the home was damaged in the fire.
Officials said the cause of the fire was due to a child playing with a cigarette lighter upstairs.
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"Smoke Alarm Rally" Aims to Prevent House Fire Fatalities in Brunswick County
Brunswick County resident Ruth Kye has lived in her home for 45 years. For that entire time she's only had one smoke alarm, located in her bedroom.
Thanks to Brunswick County Emergency Services and several fire departments in Brunswick County, Kye now has three smoke alarms in her home.
On Saturday, they hosted a "Smoke Alarm Rally". Their goal was to install 1,000 smoke alarms in at-risk homes throughout the county.
"Just this month of March, we've had five fire fatalities in Brunswick County and that was actually in a two day period. So those types of events, you know the tragic events, have brought us to the point of doing this Smoke Alarm Rally,” said Scott Garner, a fire marshal.
The rally was previously scheduled for just a region of the county, but after the fatal fires they decided to expand their efforts to the entire county. They hope to educate folks about ways to prevent fires and most importantly, save lives.
"Having a smoke alarm is the best way for you to get that early notification so that you can get out in the event you have a fire. You know, a few seconds can save your life," said Garner.
That's why Kye said she's extremely grateful for what they're doing. "I feel great about them taking care of me. I'm thankful," said Kye.
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Lexington: Central firefighters take delivery of new fire truck
Firefighters with the Central Fire Department have welcomed a new arrival.
The CFD is in the process of putting a 2015 Smeal fire engine in service after it was delivered to the Becks Church Road station earlier this week from Snyder, Neb. The $560,000 truck replaces a 1985 Kenworth fire engine that Central firefighters donated to the North River Fire Department after that department lost its station in a June 2014 fire.
"We were having maintenance issues with that other truck," Central Fire Chief Robbie Binkley said. ... At some point, you've got to weigh the costs of keeping it going versus the value of the truck versus putting the money toward a new one."
The addition of the Smeal means the CFD has four trucks to serve its district. Without the 1985 engine, the department relied on its mutual aid agreements with other departments until the new Smeal arrived.
"Luckily, we didn't have any major fires that required use of all of our equipment at one time," Binkley said.
Crews battle Fayetteville house fire
Firefighters battled a large house fire on Belford Road in Fayetteville Friday night.
It happened just before 10 p.m. in the 4700 block of Belford Road in the Montclair subdivision off of Raeford Road.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
It's unclear if the home was abandoned.
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Boiling Springs community rallies to help family after fire
ohn Glenn stood on his porch Sunday afternoon, holding a paper pulled from the rubble of his home at 151 Rockford Road, which was destroyed by a fire Saturday night.
The paper didn’t appear scorched. It was a picture of a large bird attempting to swallow a frog. The frog’s front legs have a choke hold on the bird’s long neck. “Never give up,” was the caption under the picture.
“That’s where we are,” Glenn said as he held the cartoon in his hands. “I don’t know if we are the big bird or the frog.”
John and his wife, Sherri, were going through what was left of the contents of their home, trying to salvage what they could. They were joined by family and friends from Boiling Springs Baptist Church. They managed to save their wedding album and other family pictures. They also saved quilts that were made by John’s mother before 1950 and some of Sherri’s quilt pieces and sewing.