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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Henderson church fire sparks impromptu sermon    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Woods Worth Baptist Church in Henderson was destroyed by fire Tuesday evening. The facade of the church, at 444 Woodsworth Road, remained, but the roof, walls and interior were but rubble. Eugene Hanks was among the members of the congregation who gathered on the grounds to pray as firefighters finished their work. "Tragedies do happen, but if you have enough faith, we believe that everything is going to be all right," he said. Pastor Glendora Hargrove was moved to a spontaneous sermon. "I'm telling my church family to keep the faith, stand strong," she said. "We need to come together now more than ever before!" Hargrove said the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area of the fellowship hall, but no one was inside, and she doesn't suspect arson.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Rockingham firefighters free four children briefly stuck in an elevator    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters freed four children who were briefly stuck in an elevator Tuesday afternoon at Discovery Place Kids. “One of the guests hit the emergency button in the elevator and emergency procedures were implemented, where the city of Rockingham and the Rockingham Fire Department were called,” Discovery Place spokeswoman Kaitlin Rogers said in a statement. Rockingham Fire Chief Charles Gardner said he arrived at the museum around 3:10 after the elevator door failed to open. Gardner said that a cable that releases the doors had “jumped off the track” from the pulley system. The chief said he used an emergency key that opens the doors slightly. He said the kids didn’t seem panicked at all and that they were “sittin’ on the floor watching us, waiting for us to get ‘em out.”
Richmond County Daily Journal

Wilmington firefighters pick up tips from NASCAR    view comments tweat me share on facebook
If you're going to have a heart attack or cardiac arrest, you might want to have it in the city of Wilmington. The Wilmington Fire Department, in conjunction with New Hanover Regional EMS, has adopted a rotation-style of CPR that's saving more lives in our area. The system started in Seattle and was incorporated into the WFD's program in April of 2011. At the time, the "save-rate" of cardiac arrests in the City was about 9.6 percent. After the rotation-style CPR became the standard, the rate shot up to 19 percent in 2013. As of 2014, their save-rate stands at 24 percent. "The old way of doing CPR in the Wilmington Fire Department was usually that the youngest man on the truck would do compressions," Scott Rivenbark explained. Rivenbark is a Master Firefighter and an EMS Liaison. "You'd be dripping sweat doing chest compressions for 30 or 40 minutes and never stop," Rivenbark said. "The youngest guy was dying. He was exhausted trying to make your heart beat 100 times a minute by pressing on your chest." When a firefighter begins to fatigue the quality of chest compressions decreases. Without proper compressions, survival of the patient is at risk. "We named it the 'pit crew process' because basically, you are in the South and we like NASCAR!" Rivenbark joked.
WSFX-TV Fox Wilmington

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Fire Heavily Damages First Baptist Church In Biscoe   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Video/Photos: Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire at a church in Montgomery County Tuesday morning. Grant Hunsucker with the Montgomery County Emergency Management said EMS received a call at approximately 2:00 a.m. about a fire at the First Baptist Church on E Main St. in Biscoe. The Biscoe, Troy, Candor and Star fire departments all responded to the scene. It took approximately four hours for firefighters to get the fire under control. No injuries were reported. "I was here this morning at 3:00. When they came to my door, I was afraid a teenager got killed in a car accident. So this was a relief that didn't happen," explained pastor Larry Wilson, who resigned three weeks ago after serving as minister for 30 years. Wilson said, however, the church's damage is devastating to the entire community. "We are the church that people see as looking out for folks in the community. Poor folks always come here. If you need help, this is the place to go," he said. Fire officials and the church's former deacon and minister said the church is not a total loss, and they were able to salvage some items --including some hymnals and musical equipment. The new addition to the church, the Fellowship Hall, was not damaged, thanks to a firewall, a church member told WFMY News 2.
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro

Alarms installed by West Iredell firefighters save five from house fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Smoke detectors installed as part of a local fire department program were credited with saving the lives of five people Sunday. West Iredell Fire Chief Jerry Houston said his department installed two smoke detectors in the home of Doris Robinette on Old Miller Road in October 2013 as part of a smoke alarm canvassing program through the Office of the State Fire Marshal. “This proves that smoke alarms do save lives,” Houston said. “The family of five escaped with no injuries.” Iredell County Fire Marshal Garland Cloer agreed. “This is definitely a documented save,” he said. Cloer said the two West Iredell firefighters who installed the smoke detectors last fall were among those responding to the fire Sunday. “They were able to tell where they placed them, right outside the sleeping areas, as recommended,” he said. Because everyone in the house was asleep, having the smoke detectors outside the sleeping areas provided an early warning that allowed the family to escape without harm. Cloer said Robinette was not at home at the time of the fire but her granddaughter, the granddaughter’s boyfriend and three children were in the brick ranch home. All were asleep, Cloer said, when they were awakened by the beeping of the smoke detectors.

Huntersville Fire Department hosting dine, donate event for burned 3-year-old   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A 3-year-old boy is back home in Huntersville after spending weeks at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. Griffin Luthart was seriously burned after a lantern exploded during a family outing. Since the freak accident Griffin has had extensive surgery and skin grafting. Griffin’s father, Brian Luthart, is a sergeant for the Huntersville Police Department. The Huntersville Fire Department has been supporting their police brother and the Luthart family during Griffin’s treatment. Recently the Lutharts began receiving bills associated with Griffin’s care and emergency treatment. To assist with bills, members of the Huntersville Fire Department and their wives have organized several fundraising opportunities to assist the Luthart family. They have planned a Dine/Donate event in partnership with Sticky Fingers Restaurant in Concord on August 7. The restaurant has agreed to donate 15 percent of total sales for that day to the Lutharts. Diners are encouraged to bring in a paper flyer or an electronic version of the flyer on their smartphones to participate.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

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