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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Townhouse destroyed in Mooresville fire

A Mooresville townhouse was destroyed by a fire Monday afternoon. The fire started before 3 p.m. in the 600 block of South Main Street. One of the units was completely destroyed and two other units were damaged in the 3-alarm fire, according to Mooresville fire chief. The blaze reportedly called for so much manpower because of how hot it was. The fire chief could not comment on the cause of the fire.
Charlotte Observer

Man dies trying to save his 3 daughters caught in a rip current in Carteret County

A man visiting from out of state with his family died after trying to save his three daughters off Shackleford Banks Monday afternoon. WITN reports that the incident happened around 12:50 p.m. after the three girls were caught in a rip current on the west end of the island. The father, identified as Rick Brown, 35, from Tennessee, then jumped in to try and save them. The girls were rescued by a nearby boater, but Brown could not make it back in. Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Synder said an off-duty paramedic performed CPR on Brown, while crews continued to work on him until they arrived at Carteret Health Care. Brown was later pronounced dead. Brown worked for Maymead, Inc, a paving contractor in Mountain City, TN. Company officials said Brown was vacationing with his family in Emerald Isle.
WSFX-TV Fox Wilmington

Man thanks Greenville first responders that saved his life

It's not something first responders at Eastern Pines Fire & EMS get to experience every day, seeing someone they helped revive come to their headquarters to say thanks. "I just want to thank God that everyone was in place to take care of me, especially my wife, to perform CPR until EMS came, and it's just great to be alive to see another day," says Timothy Waters, who was helped by Eastern Pines personnel. Waters got the chance to hug each paramedic, volunteer firefighter, and deputy who responded to his home on July 8th when he went into cardiac arrest. His wife, Teresa, was also there Monday and was overcome with emotion. "I thank God that he's alive, I really do," she says. Paramedics demonstrated pit crew style CPR, the method used in saving Waters' life. "The same as a pit crew on a NASCAR event, everybody on that cardiac arrest has a role," explains Roberto Portela, the Pitt County EMS Medical Director. The quicker CPR is performed, Dr. Roberto Portela says the better chance there is of keeping oxygen flowing to the brain.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

Durham Fire Department warns of fraudulent fundraising phone calls

The Durham Fire Department said to be cautious after it has received reports of fraudulent fundraising phone calls. Deputy Fire Chief Chris Iannuzzi said the Department never makes phones calls to solicit support from the public. “It’s unfortunate that someone would try to compromise the community’s trust for public servants,” said Iannuzzi. “It’s important that residents know that we will never ask for money over the phone.” He said fundraisers like “Fill the Boot” are widely advertised by the Department. “Anything else is likely a scam,” Iannuzzi said. Officials said to research any organization before you donate.

Pair escapes house fire in Catawba County

Firefighters in Catawba County are trying to determine what started a house fire shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. The fire heavily damaged a home just west of Newton. Four fire departments responded to the fire on Grace Church Road. Crews said the two people inside the home woke up to smoke, but made it out safely.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Monday, July 25, 2016

First Responders Ride to Honor Those Who Have Fallen in the Line of Duty

What began as an ordinary day for Asheville firefighter Capt. Jeff Bowen changed his family's life forever, when he died from smoke inhalation on July 28, 2011. “I didn’t think a whole lot about it until I got to the hospital,” said widow Stacy Bowen. “When I got to the emergency room, that’s when the floor kind of started to fall out and I realized you know it’s not good.” A year later, the Carolina Brotherhood informed Bowen’s widow they would be riding on bikes across North Carolina in his honor. "I was just overwhelmed that these gentlemen wanted to do something so tremendous for someone that a lot of them didn’t even know," said Bowen. Each year since that first ride, the brotherhood of first responders makes the journey to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and to raise money to help the families as well. "You always hear that hashtag or that saying, 'Never Forget' since 9/11,” said rider and Charlotte firefighter Drew Lazarus. "Well, we don’t want to forget our local heroes as well." This year, the group will ride 463 miles from Columbia to Raleigh. During that trip, they will meet with families to let them know that while their loved ones are gone, they're not forgotten. Lazarus says it’s the least they can do. "When you actually get to meet that family, they are incredibly grateful for what we’re doing,” said Lazarus. "You know we’re doing it for them but they’re equally as grateful for us.” Without the brotherhood, Bowen says she doesn’t know how she would have made it through. “They are in it for the right reasons and they are doing everything they can to support fallen firefighters and police officers,” said Bowen. “The ones that are here and the ones that are left behind and have to put their lives together.”
TWC News - Charlotte NC

Candle causes house fire in Wilmington

Fire officials responded to a house fire late Saturday night in Wilmington. Units were called to the 1000 block of South Sixth Street around 11:30 p.m. When they arrived they saw smoke coming from the front door Officials said a bulk of the fire had had been knocked down by Wilmington Police Department personnel using a garden hose from the exterior of the home. Upon making entry, fire crews found a small amount a fire. It was determined that the house did not have power and a candle by a window caused the flames. The candle ignited curtains and blinds before the fire spread to the window casing. Everyone in the home made it out safely. The fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the home and its contents.
WSFX Fox Wilmington

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