North Carolina News

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fire at vacant house is fifth one this month in Winston-Salem

A vacant house was damaged by fire early Tuesday, fire officials say. The fire in the 300 block of Nash Avenue was reported about 5:30 a.m., closing down the surrounding streets for about an hour, said Assistant Fire Chief Harry Brown with the Winston-Salem Fire Department. The fire is under investigation and the extent of damage was not immediately known. This is at least the fifth fire in an abandoned or vacant building since the beginning of the year.
Winston Salem Journal

Carolina Beach Fire Department getting fire boat

Soon, the Carolina Beach Fire Department will be one of two stations in the county with a fire boat. The 25-ft addition is expected to give the department an edge during the summer months, making rescue crews better equipped to handle any situation that might happen in the water. The new boat has built-in fire and rescue capabilities built in. It’s a new addition Alan Griffin, Carolina Beach Fire Chief, is excited to have. “Being a bare island surrounded by water, we run a lot of water calls throughout the year. Some of those involve boats.
WWAY-TV ABC 3 Wilmington

Space heater blamed for fire that caused $25K damage in NW Charlotte

Firefighters said a space heater is to blame for an overnight house fire in northwest Charlotte. Flames broke out at the home on Sarena Place, off Rozelle’s Ferry Road, around 1 a.m. Channel 9 could see firefighters pulling down damaged wood from around the home's windows, and the walls inside were charred. Officials said one person was inside when the fire started but made it out safely. Fire investigators estimated the fire caused $25,000 in damages.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Fire damages Salisbury apartment

Fire and smoke caused damage to an apartment in Salisbury on Tuesday night. The fire was called in at approximately 8:10 pm at the Rolling Hills Apartments just off Ashbrook Road and Highway 70. There was a large response from firefighters since it was in an apartment building, but fortunately the fire was confined to the kitchen of one unit and did not extend through the building. Investigators with the Salisbury Fire Department are taking a look at the fire but have not determined the cause.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fire destroys Kannapolis church

Grace Baptist Church was deemed a total loss after more than 70 firefighters responded to the massive fire over the weekend. At approximately 5:40 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, the Kannapolis Fire Department was notified of a possible structure fire at the church, located at 1409 East 11th Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found a well-involved fire in the church and flames shooting from the roof. Kannapolis fire department officials said the fire went to three alarms and neighboring departments were brought in to assist. Units from the Salisbury and Concord fire departments assisted in fighting the fire, with a total of 75 firefighters.
Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune

Follow Up: Former Charlotte fire captain says she feels “betrayed” after her pension was reduced

A former Charlotte Fire Department captain says she feels “betrayed” after her pension was reduced because she spent two weeks out of a 25-year career on so-called light-duty. Shortly before her retirement in 2013, June Stilwell, a former captain, had a pain in her shoulder. She decided to spend her final two weeks before retirement behind a desk. But when the Charlotte Firefighters Retirement System’s board of trustees calculated Stilwell’s retirement benefits, it decided that those two weeks behind a desk were critical in determining her pension. Her retirement was based on a 40-hour work week that’s associated with light duty – not the 52-hour regular week that firefighters typically have. Stilwell worked almost her entire career on a 52-hour workweek. The decision has cost her $300 a year, for the rest of her life. “It has devastated me,” said Stilwell, who is 62. “I put my life on the line for 25 years.”
Charlotte Observer - Metered Site

6 people, including 3 children, displaced after Harrisburg house fire

Firefighters in Harrisburg are trying to figure out what started a fire at home Monday morning. Three adults and three children were able to escape the home on Starwood Drive, near I-485. Firefighters said the fire was mostly in the attic of the home and burned through the roof. The family will not be able to return the home for now. The Red Cross is helping them find a temporary place to stay.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Cape fear training center equips new firefighters with hands on skills

The Cape Fear Training Center held a fire training exercise on Saturday to help new firefighters entering the field. The brave young men and women got experience with ladder work, ventilation, hazardous materials, and how to properly use a chainsaw to cut holes in roofs. It's all about experience. Dillon Byrd who took part said the training is moving him closer to becoming better prepared. "After taking all these different classes I have to say it definitely prepares you. It does not teach you everything but as of right now I feel prepared to vent a roof, and force in a door." Cape Fear Safety will Partner with New Hanover County and Eastern Carolina Firefighters associations for additional training exercises in April and October.
WSFX Fox Wilmington

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