North Carolina News

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Five displaced after lightning causes house fire in south Charlotte

Five people were displaced after lightning caused a house fire in south Charlotte Wednesday evening. According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the incident happened at a home in the 2400 block of Cumberland Avenue. Officials said 31 firefighters controlled the fire at a three-story house in 15 minutes. CFD said a lightning strike started the fire that left $65,000 worth of damages. There were no injuries in the fire. No further information was released.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Burke County ambulance catches fire during patient transport

Burke County is down an ambulance after one caught fire while transporting a patient to Buncombe County on Monday. The county posted an account of what happened on its Facebook page. It says a Burke County EMS crew was taking a patient from a Morganton hospital to one in Asheville when, at around 5:30 p.m., the ambulance suffered a catastrophic transmission failure on Interstate 40. It happened near the Bat Cave/Fairview exit, said Burke County EMS Maj. Jason Black. Black said the drive train blew apart and transmission fluid hit the hot engine and caught fire, burning the engine and cab of the vehicle, Black said. The Facebook post says the patient and crew weren’t injured and got out of the vehicle. Black said family members were following the ambulance so the patient was put into a family member’s vehicle until a Buncombe County EMS ambulance could arrive on the scene and take the patient to the Asheville hospital.
Morganton News Herald

Off-duty firefighters help rescue a woman from Burlington apartment fire

Every day is different for Robert Layton and Andy Koczak. "Another day in the life you know," said Layton, who is a Carrboro firefighter. Their full-time job consist of battling scorching flames as firemen. When that's not happening, they're working hard at their part-time job at Buckner's Lawn Care. However, on Tuesday afternoon, they had no idea they would have to do both of their jobs in the same day. "That's when we noticed the apartment was on fire," Layton said. Layton and Koczak jumped into action after seeing black smoke surround a housing authority apartment on Maple Street. "We picked up the pace and we took off running over there," Layton said.

Holly Springs’ oldest resident gets fire truck joy ride to celebrate 103rd birthday

The Holly Springs Fire Department took the town's oldest resident on a ride in the department's newest fire truck to celebrate a milestone birthday. Martha Leach, who will turn 103 next month, had never ridden on a fire truck and lives near the station. She waves to firefighters and police from her front porch. Police and firefighters always wave back and often stop to exchange pleasantries, family members said. Leach’s trip on the fire truck included a seat up front for the five-mile drive through town, the opportunity to blow the engine's loud horn and greetings from friends and neighbors, who held signs wishing "Miss Martha" a happy birthday.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Dogs killed when lightning strike sparks Zebulon house fire

Two dogs were killed in a Zebulon house fire sparked by a lightning strike Wednesday night. Authorities said lightning from severe storms moving through the area struck home on N.C. Highway 97 West at about 6:20 p.m. The lightning struck the home near the kitchen and the flames spread through the house in about three minutes, authorities said. Officials said 20 firefighters worked for about a half hour to get the fire under control. Authorities said the woman who lives in the house was not home when the fire started, but two small dogs were killed in the blaze. Authorities said an urn inside the home, which contained the ashes of the homeowner’s grandmother, made it out of the fire undamaged. Officials said the woman will be able to re-enter the home Thursday, but the house sustained significant damage to the left side.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Fire destroys Buncombe County home

Arson investigators have been called to the scene of a fire that destroyed a Buncombe County home. The fire happened about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the home was fully involved when firefighters got there. It is a total loss. Thankfully, no one was hurt. This story will be updated as soon as more information is available.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2 injured in North Carolina Highway Patrol helicopter crash in Raleigh

Two people were injured when a North Carolina Highway Patrol helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff at a patrol facility in Raleigh. Highway Patrol First Sgt. Mike Baker told reporters the helicopter was about 6 feet in the air Tuesday afternoon when the pilot lost control. Baker said the helicopter fell on its side to the ground, breaking the tail off. The pilot was treated at the site, while the passenger was taken to a hospital. Baker said the injuries didn't appear serious. The pilot is a patrol member, but Baker declined to identify the passenger. Baker said the helicopter was a model from around 1970. He said he didn't know the purpose of the flight. News footage showed firefighters spraying the helicopter with water.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

No Injuries Reported As Fire Destroys 4 Charlotte University City Apartments

Several families lost their homes following an apartment fire in University City Tuesday night. The fire happened around 8:30pm at the Hudson Commons Apartments on Glenwater Drive. Officials say four units were damaged in the fire, but no one was injured. Crews took extra precautions due to hot and humid temperatures. Firefighters also managed to save a dog that was trapped inside. There has not been any word on what may have sparked the fire. The investigation is ongoing.
WCCB-TV FOX 18 Charlotte

Firefighters battle home fire in Winston-Salem

Firefighters battled a house fire Tuesday night in Winston-Salem. The fire started around 8:30 p.m. at a home on the 600 block of N. Stratford Road. Firefighters say there were flames visible on the side of the home when they arrived on scene. They worked to extinguish the fire and then searched the home. No one was inside. Firefighters say the homeowners are on vacation right now. They have been notified and Red Cross will be available if needed. Stratford Road is currently closed between Greenbrier and Virginia Roads and likely won't reopen until at least 11 p.m. No injuries have been reported.

Harrisburg firefighters looking for owner of lost photo found after boot drive

Firefighters with the Harrisburg Fire Department are asking for the public's help finding the owner of a photo that was accidentally lost during a recent boot drive. The photo, which shows two young children inside a small piece of jewelry, was inside a boot that was donated either on May 19 or June 14 at the Lowes Food on Highway 49. The fire department tweeted a photo of the lost picture in hopes of finding the owner. Anyone who knows who the photo may belong to should call the Harrisburg Fire Department at 704-455-3574.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

High temperatures impact Greensboro first responders in the Triad

Spending too much time in the sun could quickly become a problem when it is hot and humid out. Just this morning, the Greensboro Fire Department had to double its manpower at a possible arson on Edwardia Drive to make sure firefighters could property cool off before getting back into action. Battalion Chief Bryan Vickery said firefighters not only have to worry about keeping themselves cool, they also respond to serious medical calls. They’ve had four heat related calls this month so far. “We have started getting elevated calls for heat emergencies," Vickery said. “We’ve had to help some construction workers, some DOT crews and kids locked in cars. “ Greg Scruggs is the emergency services manager at Guilford County EMS. He says they’ve been getting heat related calls too, but not an unusual amount for this time of the year.

Firefighters rescue kitten from grease pipe in Concord

A kitten was rescued from a 6-foot grease pipe in Concord Monday. Firefighters apparently pulled the damp white and gray kitten from a pipe behind a restaurant. The City of Concord Public Safety – Fire, Police, Communications, Emergency Management page posted about a video of the rescue on Facebook. “Come here, don’t be afraid,” a man can be heard saying after firefighters manage to maneuver the small kitty from the pipe. “Thank you – God bless you.”
WBTV-TV Channel 3

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