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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Fire damages downtown Durham building again; Roof collapses on firefighters    view comments tweat me share on facebook
For the second time in less than a year, fire damaged a commercial building in the heart of downtown Durham. Part of the roof collapsed on firefighters, injuring one. City firefighters were called at 2 a.m.Tuesday to a three-story building at 118 W. Parrish St. They worked their way down an alley and saw heavy smoke rising from the back of the building, Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department said. Firefighters forced their way inside and brought the blaze under control in about 15 minutes, he said. On the unoccupied third floor, a bathroom, two large rooms and the roof were damaged by fire. There was smoke damage throughout the rest of the third floor. The occupied second floor sustained water damage, as did the unoccupied first floor. A section of the roof collapsed onto firefighters working on the third floor, according to Iannuzzi. One firefighter suffered an arm injury that was not serious. The fire's cause was ruled undetermined Tuesday, but the investigation will continue. In May 2014, fire heavily damaged the same building, near the former Jack Tar motel and parking deck.
Durham Herald-Sun & Chapel Hill Herald

Crowder’s Mountain firefighters tackle industrial fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
An industrial building caught fire in Crowder's Mountain Monday. The fire broke out around 6 p.m. in the 5400 block of York Highway in Gastonia at State Line Scrap Metal. Crews arrived to find a large metal shear on fire. It took about 90 minutes to put out the flames. The operation took 20 firefighters along with five more on an apparatus. None of them were hurt. Investigators don't yet know the cause.
WCNC-TV NBC 6 Charlotte

’Turbo’ settles into new role as Captain with Lexington Fire Department    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Waylon "Turbo" Turbeville acknowledges his recent promotion with the Lexington Fire Department is a dream come true."It has been a lifelong goal," the 30-year-old said. "It's awesome. Sometimes it's surreal when someone calls you captain." Turbeville's promotion to captain was effective March 10 as he replaced Capt. Jeff Chrisley, who retired after about 30 years with the LFD. Turbeville, a Tyro resident, has been with the department for eight-and-a-half years. With the promotion, he is one of 12 captains with the LFD. Around the fire station, Turbeville is known as Turbo. He received the name early on in his career as he was the first one to finish dinner, the first to get on the truck and his manner in talking fast. "Turbo is a hard worker," said Jeff Worley, fire commander for the LFD. "He has a good work ethic. He is respectful. If he keeps the attitude he has now, he will go far."
Lexington Dispatch

Wilmington apartment fire started in kitchen    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Wilmington Fire officials say a fire at the Glen Apartments, near UNCW, started in the kitchen. Fire investigators determined the fire to be accidental from unattended cooking. According to David Hines with the Wilmington Fire Department, multiple crews were called to the apartment complex on Filmore Drive around 4:30 Monday afternoon. The fire was under control by 7 p.m. One firefighter was treated at the scene for overexertion. No other injuries were reported. We're told several animals were rescued from the fire. Hines says eight units were destroyed and the other eight in the building are still being evaluated. The American Red Cross is working with property management to relocate displaced occupants. Fire officials estimate structural damage at $500,000 and another $250,000 in damages to contents of those apartments.
WECT-TV Channel 6

Monday, March 30, 2015
Playing with a cigarette lighter, child sparks house fire in Raleigh   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A child accidentally set a house ablaze in Raleigh Sunday morning, displacing four people and severely damaged a home, fire officials said. A 911 call came in at approximately 8:30 a.m. and 35 firefighters from the Raleigh Fire Department, as well as officers with the Raleigh Police Department, responded to the scene at 5001 Casland Drive. Upon arrival, emergency crews saw smoke and heavy fire shooting out from the roof and the second floor of the two-story home in the Amberfield neighborhood. It took crews approximately 45 minutes to get the fire under control. Officials estimated that 60 percent of the home was damaged in the fire. Officials said the cause of the fire was due to a child playing with a cigarette lighter upstairs.

"Smoke Alarm Rally" Aims to Prevent House Fire Fatalities in Brunswick County   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Brunswick County resident Ruth Kye has lived in her home for 45 years. For that entire time she's only had one smoke alarm, located in her bedroom. Thanks to Brunswick County Emergency Services and several fire departments in Brunswick County, Kye now has three smoke alarms in her home. On Saturday, they hosted a "Smoke Alarm Rally". Their goal was to install 1,000 smoke alarms in at-risk homes throughout the county. "Just this month of March, we've had five fire fatalities in Brunswick County and that was actually in a two day period. So those types of events, you know the tragic events, have brought us to the point of doing this Smoke Alarm Rally,” said Scott Garner, a fire marshal. The rally was previously scheduled for just a region of the county, but after the fatal fires they decided to expand their efforts to the entire county. They hope to educate folks about ways to prevent fires and most importantly, save lives. "Having a smoke alarm is the best way for you to get that early notification so that you can get out in the event you have a fire. You know, a few seconds can save your life," said Garner. That's why Kye said she's extremely grateful for what they're doing. "I feel great about them taking care of me. I'm thankful," said Kye.
TWC News - Coastal NC

Lexington: Central firefighters take delivery of new fire truck   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters with the Central Fire Department have welcomed a new arrival. The CFD is in the process of putting a 2015 Smeal fire engine in service after it was delivered to the Becks Church Road station earlier this week from Snyder, Neb. The $560,000 truck replaces a 1985 Kenworth fire engine that Central firefighters donated to the North River Fire Department after that department lost its station in a June 2014 fire. "We were having maintenance issues with that other truck," Central Fire Chief Robbie Binkley said. ... At some point, you've got to weigh the costs of keeping it going versus the value of the truck versus putting the money toward a new one." The addition of the Smeal means the CFD has four trucks to serve its district. Without the 1985 engine, the department relied on its mutual aid agreements with other departments until the new Smeal arrived. "Luckily, we didn't have any major fires that required use of all of our equipment at one time," Binkley said.
Lexington Dispatch

Crews battle Fayetteville house fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters battled a large house fire on Belford Road in Fayetteville Friday night. It happened just before 10 p.m. in the 4700 block of Belford Road in the Montclair subdivision off of Raeford Road. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It's unclear if the home was abandoned.
WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11

Boiling Springs community rallies to help family after fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
ohn Glenn stood on his porch Sunday afternoon, holding a paper pulled from the rubble of his home at 151 Rockford Road, which was destroyed by a fire Saturday night. The paper didn’t appear scorched. It was a picture of a large bird attempting to swallow a frog. The frog’s front legs have a choke hold on the bird’s long neck. “Never give up,” was the caption under the picture. “That’s where we are,” Glenn said as he held the cartoon in his hands. “I don’t know if we are the big bird or the frog.” John and his wife, Sherri, were going through what was left of the contents of their home, trying to salvage what they could. They were joined by family and friends from Boiling Springs Baptist Church. They managed to save their wedding album and other family pictures. They also saved quilts that were made by John’s mother before 1950 and some of Sherri’s quilt pieces and sewing.
Shelby Star

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