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Friday, October 19, 2018

Apartment fire displaces 5 people in Winston-Salem; no working smoke alarms, authorities say

A fire at an apartment complex early Friday morning has displaced five residents and was caused by unattended food on the stove, according to the Winston-Salem Fire Department. Firefighters responded around 1:40 a.m. to the fire in the 3600 block of Yarbrough Avenue near Reynolda Road. The fire, which damaged two units in the four-apartment building, was under control within half an hour, fire officials said. Two occupants received minor smoke inhalation but refused transport to the hospital.
Winston Salem Journal

Firefighter injured in Mills River house fire

A firefighter was injured while working a house fire in Mills River on Thursday. The fire started around 9:30 a.m., in the area of Blossomwood Path and Boylston Highway. The Mills River Fire Chief Rick Livingston said a firefighter was injured and taken to a nearby hospital. "He had a ceiling fall on top of him," said Livingston. "Possible neck and back injuries." The injured firefighter is OK, according to the fire chief. Firefighters said there were people inside the home when the blaze started, but they were able to get out safely.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Asheville firefighters educate Isaac Dickson Elementary students

Look, listen and learn, that's the message Asheville firefighters are sending to school kids. And for students at Isaac Dickson Elementary School, the message came in loud and clear. Asheville firefighters showed the kindergartners what they must wear to fight fires. They wanted the children to be aware that, although they may look scary, firefighters only want to help. And the students got some good advice from the firefighters. "If your house is burning down, you really need to call ... 911," kindergarten student Leandro said. "A lighter is not for toys. Only you got to play with your toys, not a lighter. That's something for grownups," kindergartner Soriah said. Students also got to look at the fire truck, which could be considered a rolling tool box. Of course, they wanted to climb inside the truck.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Thursday, October 18, 2018

North Carolina firefighters return after Florence rescues to find flooded fire station, homes

They rescued more than 100 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Now they need help. A volunteer fire department in Duplin County near Wallace was flooded with a full five feet of waters, courtesy of Florence, WITN reports. North East Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kenneth Cavenaugh said one firetruck was destroyed. All the department’s other trucks and as much equipment as they could grab was moved and saved. The NEVFD will need to endure a year before the building is back to its former glory, and the walls have already been torn out, according to WITN. Not only that, but 19 out of the department’s 28 firefighters came home to flooded residences after rescuing storm victims and 23 of them reported damage to their homes.

Firefighters battle overnight fire at Fayetteville Wendy’s

Crews extinguished a fire at a Wendy's restaurant in Fayetteville early Thursday. Around 1 a.m., firefighters with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the Wendy's located at 3748 Ramsey Street. Officials said the fire was visible from the roof when crews arrived at the scene. The fire started beneath a cooking surface while employees were cleaning it, officials said, and the fire quickly spread up the exhaust vent pipe to the roof. The fire was quickly extinguished, but heavy smoke was visible inside the restaurant, which suffered moderate damage.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

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