Arson investigation still open five years after Asheville firefighter’s death
Investigators continue the search for an arsonist who set fire to a local medical building killing a mountain firefighter. This summer marks the five-year anniversary of the death of Asheville firefighter Captain Jeff Bowen. Bowen was killed fighting a fire at 445 Biltmore Avenue, now renamed 1 Hospital Drive, on the campus of Mission Hospital. July 28, 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the fire, but for some, it hardly seems possible. "Time is such a relative thing. If you told me I spent five years in that building that day, I would have believed you," said Asheville firefighter Jay Bettencourt. Bettencourt was with Captain Jeff Bowen when Bowen collapsed inside the building, out of air and in trouble. "You know, the feeling that I remember about it the most was stress. Like a crushing, debilitating stress and I felt like I was working for Captain Bowen to try to get us...get myself out [and] get him out just as a team. We were trying to get out together," said Bettencourt.
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Ledger Fire Department awarded grant for new equipment
Wayne Goodwin, Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal, announced this past week the Ledger Fire Department was awarded a $16,475 grant from the state of North Carolina through the 2016 Volunteer Fire Department Fund.
The check will be mailed to Chief Mike Young to purchase equipment using matching funds.
“We purchased a new truck a while ago and this money will be used to equip that truck,” Young said. “We are buying hoses, nozzles and an air pack for the truck.”
The Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal must approve the purchases.
“Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Goodwin said. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the best equipment and supplies needed to do their jobs correctly and safely. I know the Ledger Fire Department will use this money to serve their community even better.”
Goodwin thanked Young for his hard work and dedicated group of 23 volunteer firefighters.
Ledger Fire Department has received a total of $213,609.88 from the Volunteer Fire Department Fund since the program began in 1988.
Salisbury: Woman killed after big rig slams into stalled car on I-85
State troopers said one person was killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Interstate 85 in Salisbury early Thursday morning. Troopers told Channel 9 that the crash happened just after 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes of I-85 near mile marker 74. Troopers said a woman was driving in the northbound lanes when her car stalled on the interstate.
When she got out of the car, a tractor-trailer collided with her vehicle, and struck the woman.
She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not been released.
Officials said the collision ignited a fire but that the driver of the tractor-trailer will be OK. All northbound lanes of I-85 were blocked while crews investigated the crash, and officials don't expect the highway to reopen until 3 p.m.
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Heavy fire and smoke damage to Concord home
A kitchen fire heavily damaged a home off Zion Church Road East Wednesday afternoon, May 25.
The family was at home cooking when grease splashed up and caught fire in the exhaust hood and filter above the stove. The fire quickly spread into the attic and though out the mobile home at 1313 Creekside Drive, according to firefighters.
Everyone made it out safely and no injuries we were reported.
The home was heavily damaged before firefighters from the Allen Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the blaze. Allen was assisted by Flowe’s Store Volunteer Fire Department, Concord Fire, Cabarrus EMS, the Cabarrus Sheriff’s Office and the Cabarrus Fire Marshal.
The fire marshal’s office is still assessing the damage.
People at the scene said the family had just paid off their mortgage on the home.
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Firefighters respond to fire at Thomasville apartment complex; 14 displaced
Fire crews from Thomasville as well as other departments responded to a structure fire at an apartment complex on Wednesday night.
The fire was reported at 8:55 p.m., according to Davidson County Communications.
Crews were dispatched to 212 Arthur Drive, which is the location of Cedar Hills Apartments.
Firefighters on the scene tell FOX8's Amber Roberts the fire displaced 14 residents.
The fire started at the end of the complex, which is a mixture of apartments and townhomes. Flames flared up while a family was cooking french fries on a stove, causing the fire, firefighters said.
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