Fire Heavily Damages First Baptist Church In Biscoe
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.
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Alarms installed by West Iredell firefighters save five from house fire
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
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.
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