North Carolina News

Monday, December 11, 2017

Man burned in overnight fire that destroyed Matthews home

A man was rushed to the hospital overnight after a massive fire caused the roof of a Matthews home to collapse. Fire crews were called just before 1 a.m. to the scene on Sam Newell Road near Northeast Parkway and found heavy flames and smoke coming from the house. The flames were so intense that firefighters could not enter the home. "This was a defensive fire from the beginning,” said Matthew Fire Chief Rob Kinniburgh. “Flames were too intense for us to go inside. As soon as we got flames knocked down, we'll do a thorough investigation and search of the structure."
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

1 man displaced after house fire in Thomasville

A man was displaced, but nobody was hurt after a house fire in Thomasville on Sunday morning, according to Batallion Chief Robby Binkley. Fifteen Thomasville firefighters were called to 506 Concord St. shortly after 6 a.m. and had the fire out within an hour. A cause of the fire has not been released. Firefighters had to fight the fire from the outside only and the top floor of the home fell into the basement. Nobody was inside the home at the time. A house next door sustained vinyl siding damage from the flames.

2 adults, 3 children displaced after house fire in Winston-Salem

Two adults and three children were displaced after a home fire Saturday night in Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Fire Department. Five units were called to the home at 5430 Helen Ave. at about 8 p.m., according to firefighters. Nobody was hurt. The fire was caused by faulty wiring in the attic above the bathroom, according to the fire department. The home sustained $15,000 worth of damage and will need significant repairs, according to Battalion Chief Ricky McCutchen.

Fountain Fire Department has new home

The white flag has been raised in the town of Fountain. Both the EMS and fire department are now living separate but equal lives. It’s been almost a year since 9 On Your Side first brought you the story of how this small towns fire and EMS departments couldn’t agree on how to share space. Since then it was up in the air if they were going to be able to even keep the EMS division However, now that the fire department has a new home both parties are content. Michelle Manning’s corner convenient store services all the people of Fountain. Some say it’s just as needed as emergency resources…. “Whenever they do have an emergency everything goes away all their personal differences go away they work together great as a team which is important,” said Manning
WNCT-TV Channel 9

Fire damages house in Concord

No one was injured after a fire damaged a house in Concord Saturday morning. According to the Concord Fire Department, the fire happened at a house in the 500 block of Viking Drive Southwest. Fire crews arrived around 10:45 a.m. and found smoke visible from the attic area. Firefighters were able to control the fire quickly. Four engines and 24 firefighters responded to the incident. No injuries were reported, but the cause of the fire is under investigation. No further information has been released.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Friday, December 8, 2017

Adult, 1-year-old killed in Lumberton area crash that led to a Hazmat situation

Emergency workers are on the scene of a deadly crash that has created a hazmat situation in the Lumberton area. According to officials, a truck carrying chemicals and a car collided on Cold Storage Road and N.C. 72, killing two people. A fire is burning and even though firefighters have applied foam to it, it keeps flaring up. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the driver of the commercial truck and a 1-year-old child in the second vehicle died as a result of the crash and subsequent fire.

Salisbury Fire Department celebrates 200th birthday

Few fire departments in the United States can celebrate what is being honored on Friday in Salisbury: the fire department's 200th birthday. The celebration will begin at 10:00 am in the 100 block of East Innes Street with the unveiling of the historical marker. A special fire truck parade featuring entries from a number of fire departments will take place in downtown Salisbury at 7:00 pm. According to the department's web site, Salisbury's first fire company was formed in 1817 when James Monroe was president. 32 citizens pledged a total of $415 to start the process to purchase equipment “to protect the city from fire.”
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Currituck creates new fire department to cover Knotts Island

Currituck County has a new fire department: Currituck County. Or more specifically, the county now has a Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. The county’s Board of Commissioners established the new department Monday in a resolution that allows the county to formally take over fire and emergency medical services coverage in Knotts Island. In early November, members of the Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department notified the county that they would no longer provide service as the result of an ongoing contract dispute.
The Outer Banks Voice

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