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Friday, May 22, 2015
Gastonia firefighters injured in blaze    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A collapsed ceiling injured two Gastonia firefighters Thursday night. The firefighters, who were battling a house fire on Courtland Drive in Gastonia, were taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported, according to a Gastonia Fire Department release. Several dogs were rescued. Twenty-five people and six apparatus fought the fire, which broke out in a two-story home. The Gastonia Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the blaze.
Charlotte Observer

Update: Injured firefighter improving after Lincoln County wreck    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A volunteer firefighter who was seriously injured in a Lincoln County head-on crash Wednesday was back in surgery Thursday, but is reportedly improving. North Brook Volunteer Fire Department Chief "Duck" Hull says firefighter Ricky Tallenthas has several broken bones and has a long road to recovery, but will eventually be all right. Hull says he and other firefighters went to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte Wednesday night to see how Tallent was doing and the injured man seemed to be in good spirits, "He knew who we was, but was in a lot of pain." The accident happened along Highway 27 west of Lincolnton when a woman in an SUV crossed the center line into the path of Tallent's truck. It is believed the woman was trying to avoid a vehicle that had slowed down in front of her. She was injured in the accident as well and was hospitalized in Cleveland County. Her name has not been released and Highway Patrol is still investigating exactly what happened. Tallent was pinned in the wreckage for almost an hour. The top of his truck had to be cut away so rescuers could free him. He was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Jane Willis says when she saw the damage to the vehicles she was amazed that anyone lived through it, "God was with them last night," Willis said.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Fire at Rockingham County home ruled an arson    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Officials have ruled the fire at an occupied Rockingham County home last week a case of arson. Michael Foster told investigators he woke to the sound of his dog barking outside his home located at 731 Frank Road just before 3 a.m. on May 15. When Foster went outside to see what was going on, he discovered the fire. Four people were inside the home when the fire broke out. Everyone escaped the home safely, but most of their personnel belongings were either damaged or destroyed.

Update: Winston-Salem fires, four labeled arson    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Investigators are combing through what caused multiple fires in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning, but have determined four of them to be arson. Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, firefighters were called out to the South Fork Cleaners dry cleaning business on Country Club Avenue. A fire had destroyed the business and the majority of what was inside. “To see all of this, you know, pulled out — and to see it ripped apart like this — it’s just devastating,” said Bridgette White, who has worked at the cleaners for nearly 14 years. “It’s like I don’t even really know where I’m at. Like, it doesn’t feel like work.” On Thursday, fire investigators say the cause of the blaze was still undetermined. Shortly after the dry cleaner fire, another fire popped up across town, on Ohio Avenue. This fire was at a vacant home, which was also almost completely destroyed. Fire investigators determined the fire to have been intentionally set.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Winston-Salem Dry Cleaners Fire Under Investigation   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A fire at South Fork Cleaners was reported a little after midnight. The commotion woke up neighbors who live off Country Club Road. "I heard one of the trucks come up, and when you heard the siren stop, you know it's close," said Diana Lee, who lives across the street from the cleaners. "I looked out, [and] there were flames and all this stuff going on, but mainly was the smoke, was really a lot of smoke," said Lee. "Units arrived on scene and found the building heavily involved in flames,” said Jeffrey K. Heitman, battalion chief with the Winston-Salem Fire Department. “It took about 24 firefighters around 48 minutes to get the fire under control." The building was so heavily damaged parts collapsed. Firefighters had to bring in a track hoe to help get to some spots. "We still have some hotspots, pockets of fire we're trying to get to,’’ said Heitman. The business has been in that location since the 60s. Owner Thomas Herman was so overwhelmed he didn't want to talk. Some neighbors expressed concerns about dry cleaning chemicals, but firefighters say they were not a problem. "In this case, there’s approximately 110 gallons on site, all contained in the two machines they're supposed to be contained in, no leaks, no spills," said Heitman.
TWC News - Triad

Fire Destroys Burke County Home   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Burke County home was destroyed in a Wednesday fire. Morganton Department of Public Safety firefighters were called out to the residence, located at 213 Inglewood Drive in Morganton, early Wednesday morning and had the fire under control by around 7:30 a.m. According to a published report, Public Safety called in additional manpower from Salem Fire and Rescue, Drexel Fire Department, and Triple Community Fire Department. Approximately 20 firefighters fought the blaze. Firefighters remained at the scene until just after 11 a.m. The home is a total loss, The report says the owners did manage to salvage a vehicle. There were no injuries in the fire. Officials say the fire started in the garage, and the cause seemed to be electrical in nature.

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