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Thursday, July 2, 2015
1 taken to hospital after Fayetteville house fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Fayetteville fire officials are investigating what started a fire at a home in the 100 block of Spencer Street early Thursday morning. Firefighters were dispatched to 110 Spencer St. in Massy Hill around 12:41 a.m. Thursday. When units arrived, they reported heavy fire and smoke from the single-story home. Fire officials said an elderly man, about 70 years old, suffered from smoke inhalation. He was treated by EMS crews on the scene and taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. No other injuries were reported and fire officials said the home was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Rowan County: Horne named new Fire Services Chief    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Rowan County Emergency Services’ Chief Frank Thomason announced today the promotion of Fire Inspector/Investigator Lt. Deborah Koontz Horne to the Department’s position of Fire Division Chief effective July 5th. Horne succeeds Aaron Youngblood, who has assumed a new role with the North Carolina National Guard. Horne’s promotion comes after a multi-week application and review process that involved both internal and external applicants. During the last year, Horne has served as the Interim Fire Division Chief for the department while Youngblood was on military deployment. “We look forward to Horne’s leadership in this important and critical position as we continue to progress the delivery of public safety forward in Rowan County”, said Thomason. Horne originally joined Rowan County in 2001 as a 911 telecommunicator for six years in both full and part-time capacities, and transitioned to Emergency Services as a Fire Inspector / Investigator in 2007. She has achieved Level II firefighter and Level III fire inspector certifications from the NC Office of State Fire Marshal, as well as certified fire investigator certifications from both the State of North Carolina and International Association of Arson Investigators. A graduate of West Rowan High School, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University, along with additional studies and certifications in fire/arson investigation, emergency management, emergency medical, and hazardous materials response.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Mills River won’t go with county for fire inspections    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Mills River will not contract with Henderson County to provide fire inspections for businesses under the new, more expensive fee schedule. Town Manager Jeff Wells said the council felt the county’s new fee schedule was excessive at $100 for buildings under 10,000 square feet, $300 for buildings between 10,000 and 50,000 square feet, and $500 for buildings larger than 50,000 square feet. Instead of contracting with the county, they are contracting with Mack Salley, a retired firefighter who maintains his credentials for fire inspections, and will likely begin doing inspections on the roughly 185 businesses in Mills River this fall, Wells said. The town wants to have a better understanding of what the cost is before determining whether or not a fee schedule is feasible for next year’s inspections, Wells said. The town will pay Salley $25 an hour and mileage, Wells said, and won’t charge businesses anything for the inspections the first year.
Hendersonville Times

Winston-Salem Fire Department: House Fire Started By Discarded Smoking Materials    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Winston-Salem Fire Department says a house fire left three people looking for a new place to stay. Crews responded to a fire on Janet Ave around 4:20 Wednesday afternoon. When they arrived, the fire department says firefighters found a single-story, wood-frame dwelling with basement with heavy fire involvement in the attic and extending through the roof. They got the fire under control in 14 minutes and after investigating say discarded smoking materials on the back deck started the fire. The American Red Cross responded to assist the three occupants who were displaced. Due to the heat of the day, Forsyth County EMS responded to help with firefighter rehabilitation. Thankfully, no firefighters or occupants were seriously hurt.
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Officials say fire at Salisbury home intentionally set   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters in Salisbury were busy trying to put out massive flames at a home overnight. The fire was ruled as intentionally set and the Salisbury Police Department is currently assisting the Salisbury Fire Department with the case. A viewer sent Channel cellphone video of the fire on Clay Street. Fire can be seen shooting out of the roof of the house. Investigators said the fire started around 2:15 a.m. and took firefighters about 30 minutes to get it under control. No one was hurt and firefighters are still trying to determine how it started. The house was valued at $75,000 and the estimated damage was $50,000, according to officials.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Update: Burlington firefighter injured in fatal wreck released from hospital   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Burlington firefighter injured in a wreck Sunday night was released from the hospital Tuesday night. The Burlington Fire Department posted a message on Facebook Wednesday morning saying that firefighter Scott Lassiter still has a long recovery ahead. Lassiter was injured in the wreck that killed his fellow firefighter, Michael Perry. State Troopers said Perry was driving his 1968 Chevy east on McCray Road when he veered off the road, struck a tree, then a fence and finally a parked trailer from a tractor-trailer. They said speeding was a factor in the accident.

55-year-old man dead after house fire in Fayetteville   view comments tweat me share on facebook
One person is dead after a house fire Tuesday night in the 500 block of Warm Springs Drive in Fayetteville, police confirmed Wednesday. Firefighters were dispatched to a home at 516 Warm Springs Drive in the Ponderosa Community around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived to the scene, they saw fire through the roof of the house and a victim in the yard. Neighbors had pulled the victim from the burning house, fire officials said. Fire officials said the victim was a 55-year-old man, however they did not release his name. Fire crews started first aid on the victim and he was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The fire started in the kitchen area of the home, but the cause has been ruled undetermined.

Follow Up: Bakers Mountain fire burns at least seven acres in Catawba Co.   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Crews continued Tuesday to put out a large vegetation fire that started Monday at Bakers Mountain State Park in Catawba County. The fire has burned at least seven acres near Interstate 40. Nine stations, including nearly 150 firefighters, responded to the fire. Viewers sent pictures saying they could see smoke smoldering from neighboring counties. The fire has burned mostly the south side of the mountain and has not threatened any homes. No injuries have been reported. Fire crews hope to have the fire fully extinguished by Tuesday evening.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

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