Robeson County investigators continue to look into the cause of an early-morning house fire that claimed the life of a Pembroke man.
According to Robeson County Fire Marshal Stephanie Chavis, firefighters were dispatched to a home on Philadelphus Road around 1 a.m., Tuesday.
When units arrived, the home was fully involved, Chavis said. The victim’s body was found in the house.
The victim has been identified as Michael Wayne Chavis, 58, according to the fire marshal. There is no relation between the two.
A tribal firefighter has pleaded guilty to setting seven fires on Cherokee lands between 2010 and 2014.
Raymond Neal Swayney, 31, of Cherokee, N.C., appeared in federal court in Asheville Monday and pleaded guilty to intentionally setting fires on Cherokee lands, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis Howell presided over the plea hearing.
According to information contained in filed court documents, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has the authority to hire temporary Administratively Determined (AD) Firefighters for emergencies in progress within the boundaries of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), including to cope with unexpected emergencies caused by fire or extreme fire potential.
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After 29 days as an active wildfire, the Chestnut Knob Fire at South Mountains State Park in Burke County was declared out Sunday.
More rain over the weekend cooled the fire and an infrared flight Saturday showed no heat. The Florida Forest Service turned control of the fire scene back over to the North Carolina Forest Service and the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation on Monday morning.
The fire began Nov. 6 and grew rapidly for two weeks, peaking at 6,435 acres. More than 400 personnel reported to the incident, including teams from Florida, California, Arizona, New Mexico and other states. Every fire department in Burke County cooperated with fire staff, along with departments from surrounding counties.
Morganton News Herald
Firefighters were called to an apartment building on Mahaley Avenue late on Monday night.
The call was dispatched just before 11:30 in the 300 block of Mahaley at the Westview Court apartments. Smoke was visible inside a one bedroom apartment.
Officials say the fire was contained to the kitchen area of the single apartment. The Red Cross was helping the apartment's occupants.
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