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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Winston-Salem firefighters respond to fire at Sunrise Towers

A fire injured two residents and damaged an eighth-floor apartment Wednesday night in the Sunrise Towers building at 801 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, authorities said. One of the injured residents was taken to a local hospital, said Battalion Chief Darryl Sawyer of the Winston-Salem Fire Department. The other injured resident was treated at the scene by Forsyth County emergency medical technicians, residents said. The fire, which started at 6:47 p.m., was caused by food left unattended on a stove in the apartment’s kitchen, Sawyer said.
Winston Salem Journal

Fair Grove fire district extended

The Fair Grove Fire Department received final approval Tuesday to extend its fire protection service to a small portion of the county which was previously not covered by any one fire district. The affected area, which sits in the southeastern portion of the county near the intersection of Buie Bodenheimer Road and Noahtown Road, was previously sandwiched between the Silver Valley and Fair Grove Fire districts. The area will now be included in a fire service, insurance and response district, providing better fire protection from the local fire department and providing a reduction in insurance premiums or the ability to purchase insurance protection not previously available, according to a proposal by Davidson County Fire Marshal Danny Ward.
Lexington Dispatch

Wildfire danger in Carolinas at 10-year high

The growing drought in western North Carolina and South Carolina also means a growing threat of wildfires in the rugged mountains. The U.S. Forest Service says about 70 firefighters are near Sylva, North Carolina, making sure a 375 acre fire doesn't spread to homes along Dicks Creek. Another fire is burning in the Linville Gorge. Forest Service spokesman Steve Little says usually in the fall small debris, like fallen leaves and twigs, burn and are easier to contain.
Winston Salem Journal

Related: Firefighters Battle Three Wildfires In Mountains

RAW VIDEO: The Dicks Creek Fire burning in Nantahala National Forest and on private land near Sylva was 60 percent contained at 374 acres Wednesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters were patrolling and mopping up along containment lines throughout the day Wednesday, said spokeswoman Cathy Dowd with the Forest Service. They were also checking and mitigating hazardous trees in the area. The fire has been burning on steep, rocky terrain.
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Officials Investigating Fatal House Fire In Belmont

Officials say one person was found dead inside a burning home in Belmont. A firefighter was passing by the home on South Point Road just before 8am when they realized it was on fire and called 911. Officials have not released the identity of the victim. The Fire Marshals office will investigate. There is no word on what caused the fire at this time.
WCCB-TV FOX 18 Charlotte

Firefighters from four counties respond to commercial fire in Carthage

Fire departments from four counties responded to a fire at a two-story former hosiery mill now used for storage in Carthage Tuesday morning. The fire started around 7:30 a.m. at 183 Barrett Street. Multiple departments were needed for a water shuttle to the location to supply enough water to fight the flames. It is unconfirmed what was inside the building. Firefighters are still on the scene working to control the fire. Barrett Street in Carthage was closed to traffic Tuesday morning. Investigators have not determined how the fire started, but they confirmed no one was injured.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Fire department putting Winston-Salem on the map with world championship

When it comes to winning world competitions, the Winston-Salem firefighters are on fire. With eight World Championships under their belt, local firefighters smoked the competition earlier this year to qualify for an international competition in Montgomery, Ala., this week. They will compete against hundreds of teams from the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, South Africa and New Zealand in the World Championships of the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge, which simulates the physical demands of real-life firefighting. “It’s fun to see how our skills stack up against departments from other countries in real-life scenarios,” Captain Chaz Browning said. “It’s a big brotherhood, so by now, I can pretty much go to any state and know a fireman. That’s pretty neat.”
Winston-Salem Journal

Triad organizations offer flood relief in eastern N.C. as emergency conditions remain

For many towns in the eastern part of the state, Hurricane Matthew’s wrath has left a path of destruction and chaos. Cars were swallowed by the angry rush of water and houses swamped, only the roofs visible. Swarms of animals paddled around, clambering onto anything that could serve as a life raft. From a rural home that sat mostly underwater, a sick, elderly man beckoned for help, propped up by his two dogs as he awaited rescue. He would become one of 49 rescues by a Winston-Salem Fire Department water rescue team in eastern North Carolina in the storm aftermath. “In the rural areas, there were hogs, cattle and poultry everywhere. Some were alive, up at the highest point above the water.
Winston-Salem Journal

Driver rescued moments before vehicle bursts into flames after crash in Fairview

A driver narrowly escaped with his life Wednesday morning after a crash on Cane Creek Road in Fairview. The Fire Department and the Highway Patrol worked the scene. Authorities say the driver of a Dodge truck was driving on the wrong side of the road when he ran off the road and went into a field. Another driver who witnessed the crash and came back to the scene, arriving at the same time as a group of firefighters who were returning from another call. The men came together and pulled the trapped driver out of the vehicle, just moments before it burst into flames. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

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