North Carolina News

Friday, October 20, 2017

Woman, 10 children escape unharmed from Charlotte apartment fire

A woman and 10 children escaped a fire in their south Charlotte apartment early Friday morning. Firefighters were called around 3 a.m. to the scene on Leafcrest Lane, just south of Archdale Road. Investigators told Channel 9 that the fire started in the family's dryer before spreading to the rest of the apartment. When crews arrived, they found smoke billowing from the building. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in 25 minutes and nobody was hurt.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Occupant escapes fire that heavily damaged Salisbury home

Fire caused heavy damage to home in Salisbury on Friday morning. The fire was called in just after 8:00 am in the 900 block of Rowan Avenue. When firefighters arrived there were heavy flames and smoke coming from the single story house. Investigators said that the occupant of the home was safely outside when firefighters arrived, though she was being treated at the scene by responders with the Rowan Rescue Squad. The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen, according to officials.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Follow-up: Man charged with arson for fire at Asheville’s Aston Park Towers

An Asheville man has been charged with first-degree arson after the Asheville Fire Department determined that a high-rise fire Tuesday was deliberately set. Randy Webb Tucker, 55, is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Center in lieu of $80,000 bond. On Tuesday at about 8:45 p.m., the Asheville Fire Department responded to Aston Park Towers, 165 S. French Broad St., after reports of a structure fire. After further investigation by the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force, it was determined that the cause of the fire was arson, leading the Asheville Police Department to charge Tucker.
Hendersonville Times

Hickory Fire Department partners with area agencies in residential training burn

A billowing plume of gray smoke filled the sky near downtown Hickory around 1 p.m. Thursday. On the scene, near the corner of First Street SE and Third Avenue SE, a pile of rubble and ash sat idly on one property with heat emanating from a house fire on the adjoining lot. However, this was not the scene of a tragic blaze, but rather training grounds for dozens of firefighters. Spectators were greeted with an orange sign, “Caution emergency drill in progress,” and the street was lined with orange cones to protect water hoses, carefully winding from a hydrant a few hundred feet away.
Hickory Daily Record

Fire destroys Haywood County home

Fire destroyed a home early Thursday morning in Haywood County in the Bethel community. Firefighters say everyone in the home escaped safely and no one was injured. Three departments responded to the scene. The American Red Cross is assisting. The homeowner says he had just installed a carbon monoxide smoke detector. He says that's what woke him up and got him out of the house. The cause is under investigation.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Winston-Salem City Council approves firefighter grant

The Winston-Salem City Council approved a grant for more firefighters and a zoning request from Powerscreen Mid-Atlantic during its Monday, Oct. 16, meeting. The Winston-Salem Fire Department was awarded a $1.3 million Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency Response (SAFER) grant to hire 15 firefighters to improve its response time. The grant requires a local match of $813,000, which could be spread over three years, and for the city to spend approximately $90,000 for training and equipment this fiscal year.
Winston-Salem Chronicle

Update: Asheville apartment building fire ruled arson

A fire at the Aston Park Towers, a high-rise apartment building, has been ruled arson, according to the Asheville Fire Department. Several residents were displaced Oct. 17 after the three-alarm at the apartment building on S. French Broad Avenue. The fire was on the 7th floor. No injuries were reported. The fire remained under investigation by the the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force as of Wednesday morning. Asheville Fire Department said more than 60 firefighters responded to the blaze on the seventh floor of the 11-story building around 8:44 p.m. Tuesday.

Greensboro officials, lobbyist learn from fire training experience

City Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter needed several minutes Wednesday and some help getting into her 60 pounds of firefighting gear. By comparison, veteran firefighters have just seconds to get into that same gear and race to a fire. Once finally in her air tank, helmet and uniform, the at-large councilwoman busted through a door with a large, steel tool and ran into a smoking building as part of the inaugural Greensboro Fire Department's Fire Ops 101 event. Participants got to try their hand at firefighting at the city's public safety training facility on Church Street.
Greensboro News and Record

Chapel Hill Fire Department now able to deliver more life-saving measures

The community stands to benefit from new life support techniques and tools in emergencies since theChapel Hill Fire Department has become certified to deliver Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Level of Service. The program has required two years of training and preparation. “I’m extremely proud of the time, effort and dedication our staff put into reaching this level of service,” said Fire Chief Matt Sullivan. “We can now provide valuable life-saving measures more quickly to our residents and visitors in need.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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