North Carolina News

Friday, March 24, 2017

Charlotte Fire Department voids citation after major improvements in wake of apartment complex fire

The Charlotte Fire Department is working with Summit Ridge Apartments to improve fire protection systems in the buildings after a fire broke out on March 9. A woman said she saw fire coming from a storage closet on her patio, so she ran to the top floor to grab a fire extinguisher because the one on the bottom level was missing. The fire spread to the back of the building and damaged 10 units. Along with missing fire extinguishers, Charlotte fire inspectors found smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that didn't work, and said that the complex didn’t provide proper documentation. Inspectors issued multiple citations to every building in the complex. The deadline to fix them is Friday, but inspector Jeff Bostain said the complex has already fixed the problems.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Legislators honor firefighters who battled Raleigh blaze

Some victims of last week’s five-alarm fire met their rescuers again Thursday during a special ceremony at the North Carolina General Assembly. Legislators honored the firefighters at the start of the day’s session. For one of the state representatives, Billy Richardson, the fire didn’t hit close to home. It literally hit his home. Richardson owns one of the condos at the Quorum Center, which is within walking distance of his legislative office and the Capitol. He represents Fayetteville, but stays in Raleigh when the legislature is in session. His unit and dozens of others sustained significant damage in the fire.

Final preps underway for memorial event to honor fallen Pineville firefighter

Final preparations are underway for the Richard Sheltra Memorial 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run and Walk being held in Pineville on April 29. The event coincides with the one-year anniversary of firefighter Richard Sheltra’s death. He died on April 30, 2016, while fighting a three-alarm fire in Pineville. Channel 9 was invited behind the scenes Wednesday as organizers finalized plans at Pineville’s fire station. Walter Broadhurst worked closely with Sheltra and believes the run is a fitting tribute to his friend. “He was a big fitness guy. He worked out every day. So it makes sense to have a run to push everybody to come and run in his name,” Broadhurst said.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Mother, child lose house in Gibsonville fire

A mother and young child were displaced Thursday after their home in Gibsonville was destroyed by a fire. The Gibsonville Fire Department was dispatched shortly after 6 a.m. to the residence at 701 Meadow St., said Chief Tony Roof. Firefighters found the house “heavily involved” with flames, Roof recalled, and required assistance from multiple surrounding departments, including the Whitsett Fire Department and Rescue 50 and Fire District 28, both Guilford County departments. “It was a total loss, the house and the contents,” Roof said. “Nobody was hurt, thank goodness. The smoke detectors did their job, and they got out safely.” Inside at the time was a babysitter and a 6-year-old girl whose mother was working, Roof said.
Burlington Times News

Region to celebrate a first with completion of 911 call center

Completion of a first-of-its-kind regional emergency center will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting and community gathering on April 3. The Regional Emergency Communications Center serving Dare, Hyde and Tyrrell counties and the Dare County Emergency Operations Center was built on Airport Road across from the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. By consolidating 911 communications for the three counties, the project was eligible for grant funding from the state’s E911 fund, which contributed over half of project’s cost of about $14.1 million. It is the first facility in North Carolina handing emergency communications for three counties.
The Outer Banks Voice

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2 children trapped, killed in Wilkes County house fire

Two children were killed in a Wilkes County house fire that occurred Wednesday night, according to Wilkes County Fire Marshal Kevin Bounds. Officials were called to a home on Little Elkin Church Road around 11 p.m. in reference to the fire. The home was right outside the Ronda town limits. Within three minutes, a deputy was at the scene and attempted to locate the two boys, ages 4 and 6. The fire department arrived and attempted CPR but couldn’t save them. The cause of the fire, which has been ruled accidental, is under investigation.

First responders protections, benefits proposal clears House committee

A House committee approved a bill Wednesday with multiple new rules and benefits for first responders, ranging from allowing EMS personnel to carry concealed weapons to classifying violence against emergency personnel as a hate crime. Several provisions of House Bill 181 provide more benefits for first responders and their families. Firefighters who work enough hours would be able to receive a tax deduction, while spouses of first responders killed in the line of duty could receive a break on their property taxes.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Winston-Salem fire officials hope $10,000 grant will cut area’s high number of kitchen fires

Every 36 hours, there is a house fire in Winston-Salem. Fire Chief Trey Mayo hopes that a $10,000 grant to be awarded to the fire department could help further squash those numbers, he said. “If we could prevent all unattended cooking, we would cut our residential fires in half,” Mayo said. “It can be as simple as leaving a pan of oil warming up on the stove and coming back and your kitchen’s on fire. A lot of these can be prevented.” Winston-Salem ranked No. 67 on the country’s top 100 high-risk cities for home fires, according to a 2017 survey by The Hartford, an insurance company based in Connecticut. Among other North Carolina cities, Greensboro ranked No. 66 and Fayetteville ranked No. 22.

Marsh celebrates 20 years with Clarkton Fire Department

A very special milestone was celebrated on Monday night as Rusty Marsh was honored for 20 years of service to the Clarkton Fire Department. Marsh joined the Clarkton Fire Department on March 20, 1997. During that 20 years, Marsh has held almost every position in the department. He has served as Chief, Lieutenant, Captain, firefighter, and in other capacities. He has also served on the Clarkton Rescue Squad and has had Basic EMT and EMT-intermediate certifications as well as Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and Rescue Tech to name just a few of his certifications.

Officials: White Creek Fire 50% Contained, Lightning The Likely Initial Cause

Burnout operations were conducted on the south end of the White Creek Fire this afternoon with the objective of securing private property. The fire, which was reported Thursday March 16th, is burning near Shortoff Mountain at the south end of Linville Gorge on the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. The fire is now estimated at 2,750 acres and 50% contained. The fire continues to burn within the containment lines.
WCCB-TV FOX 18 Charlotte

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