North Carolina News

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Connelly Springs: Fire departments from three counties battle warehouse fire

Multiple fire departments from Burke, Catawba and Caldwell counties responded Sunday morning to a warehouse fire in Connelly Springs. The fire started before 6 a.m. at the WM Cramer Lumber Company on Texs Fish Camp Road. Firefighters still were battling the blaze at 9:30 a.m. At that time, flames could be seen coming from Warehouse 7. Walnut and cherry lumber was kept inside the building, said William Phillips, a stacker at the company. “This sucks, man,” he said as he watched the building burn. “This is my work, man.”
Morganton News Herald

‘Very sad situation,’ as families displaced by Raleigh apartment fire, woman says

Some Raleigh families won’t be able to sleep in their own beds following a Saturday morning fire in their apartment complex. Norlishia Pridgeon woke up to a lot of commotion outside her window. “All I saw was flashing lights from ambulances, fire trucks, and police cars,” Pridgeon said. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what is going on?’ ” Raleigh fire officials responded to a fire at an apartment building on Roselle Court a little after 6 a.m. Saturday. Officials say at least two families are displaced. Fire officials say everyone made it out of the apartment building safely and no one was hurt. One neighbor says they did see firefighters rescue a family pet by pulling it out of one of the building’s bottom windows.

Beloved Birthplace of Pepsi employee, former New Bern fire chief passes

Downtown New Bern is mourning the loss of another beloved figure in the community. Richard Blythe, a former New Bern fire chief and an employee of the Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, New Bern, died on Saturday. Posts confirming his passing were made on the Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola Facebook along with the West of New Bern Fire Department Facebook page. Blythe's death comes just a few weeks after the death of Greg Smith, owner of Mitchell Hardware. Blythe served as fire chief for several years but many people knew him as a friendly face they saw at the downtown Pepsi museum and store.
WCTI-TV ABC 12 New Bern

Large fire at lumber yard warehouse in Burke County

Firefighters are working a fire at a lumbar yard warehouse in Burke County. The fire started in the 3400 block of Texs Fish Camp Road around 5 a.m. Sunday morning in Connelly Springs. Multiple agencies are working to control the fire. A source told WBTV six departments were dispatched to the scene. Officials have not said what caused this fire. No further information has been released at this time.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Friday, February 16, 2018

Charlotte Fire Chief on diversity: ’I want to be inclusive’

Charlotte's fire chief sat down one-on-one with Eyewitness News to talk about his mission to push for diversity. This comes days after firefighters packed City Hall, standing united against more claims of unfair treatment of minorities. [Firefighters unite against letter claiming discrimination inside CFD] Chief Pete Key said the department is taking a grassroots approach to recruiting and that wherever he goes, he does his best to bring people into the department. "I'm at car washes. I'm at Walmart. I'm at Harris Teeters. If I'm in line and a guy, a person, is working, I'm going to start talking about the fire department," Key said. Recruiting diverse candidates is the city's top priority for the Charlotte Fire Department.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Henderson County Sheriff’s office encourages residents to sign up for Smart911 to help first responders

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is putting the call out for people to sign up for a special service through a series of tweets on Valentine’s Day. The service is Smart911 and provides first responders with information about the person calling so deputies can better serve residents. “Once you create your account, you’ll be brought into the system where you can fill in all the individual details like your address, your family members medications, allergies -- those kind of important details,” Allison Nock said. “They enter any information they want the 911 center to see. We don’t see this until you call us,” dispatcher Mark Broadway expalined.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Ayden home catches fire twice in one month

Police are investigating how a home in Ayden caught fire Thursday afternoon, the second time in a month. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at the corner of Lee Street and Jackson Street around 3:15 p.m. Flames were showing when the first firefighters arrived. Crews from Ayden and Winterville Community fire departments responded to the fire. Firefighters say last month's fire was caused by an electrical problem, and that the family had moved out of the house because of that fire.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

Tractor-trailer overturns on I-77 north of uptown Charlotte, blocks several lanes

A crash involving an overturned tractor-trailer has shut down several lanes on Interstate 77 north of uptown Charlotte Friday morning. According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the wreck happened on I-77 northbound at Exit 11 near West Brookshire Freeway around 8 a.m. The North Carolina Department of Transportation said the wreck is blocking three lanes on the interstate. It is unclear what caused the wreck. Firefighters did not say whether anyone was injured.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

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