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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kim Wittig named first female fire captain at Rocky Mount Fire Department

The Rocky Mount Fire Department is celebrating two new firsts as it moves into the second half of the year. The department recently tapped Kim Wittig, Rocky Mount fire and life safety educator, as its new administrative captain, its version of a public information officer. Wittig was officially promoted to the post on June 8 and started her duties — including handling press releases, social media and other related responsibilities — June 19. Fire Chief Mike Varnell said 25 to 30 people from in- and out-of-state applied for the position. He said Wittig was chosen because of her qualifications and potential.
Rocky Mount Telegram

Fire at north Charlotte scrapyard sends plume of smoke skyward

Emergency crews responded to a large fire at a scrapyard in north Charlotte Monday afternoon. The fire broke out just before 3 p.m. at Queen City Recycling and Salvage on the 2900 block of North Tryon Street. Charlotte firefighters tweeted a video of the fire that showed heavy smoke and flames. Officials have not said what may have sparked the fire. North Tryon was closed for nearly two hours while crews were battling the fire. The road reopened just before 5 p.m.

Suspected arsonists burn abandoned Statesville house for third time

Statesville firefighters rushed to an abandoned structure fire in south Statesville Monday afternoon to find the house engulfed in a ball of flames. It was a familiar scene -- the third time the same house caught fire this year, officials say. Each time, firefighters suspect the fire at 616 Newbern Ave. was set on purpose. “There are kids in there all the time doing that,” said Bryan Millsaps, who lives next door. “They should have torn it down a long time ago, because then there would be nothing there to catch fire.”
Statesville Record and Landmark

No injuries reported in Molded Fiber Glass fire in Morganton

Smoke from Molded Fiber Glass Companies in Morganton was visible from Reep Road on Monday after an oven caught on fire. The oven was being used to dry pre-molded fiberglass, said Capt. Jason Whisnant with the Morganton Department of Public Safety. The building’s sprinkler contained most of the fire to the area, but flames were visible when responders arrived around 5:30 p.m., he said. The plant manager declined to comment on the situation, but a worker said this incident was not the first time an oven caught on fire at the facility.
Morganton News Herald

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gastonia firefighter suffers aneurysm during apartment fire

Gastonia firefighter Loren Ward was injured while fighting an apartment fire on Pineview Lane Saturday night, WSOC reports. Officials said Ward collapsed during the early stages of the fire and was taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. CT scans showed that Ward suffered from an aneurysm and was then transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Gastonia firefighters responded to the structure fire at 11:23 p.m. Saturday at 2295 Pineview Lane.
WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11

Jon Mason named first deputy chief of Wilmington Fire Department

The Wilmington Fire Department has its first deputy fire chief. Assistant Chief Jon Mason was promoted to deputy fire chief Monday morning, according to WFD officials. Mason now will oversee operations and will serve as second in command under Fire Chief Buddy Martinette.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Couple escape Cary home heavily damaged in fire

A couple escaped a Cary home fire that broke out Saturday morning, officials said. The blaze was reported around 7:45 a.m. at a two-story home along Acadia Court, Cary town officials said. The attic and rear of the home sustained major damage in the blaze. A couple was inside when the fire broke out, but they managed to make it to safety, according to officials. The pair, who were not injured, are being assisted by the Red Cross. Cary officials and the Wake County Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.

Former Cove City fire chief takes plea deal in embezzlement case

A former fire chief in the east accepted a plea deal after the District Attorney's Office says he embezzled $5,700 from the department. Tony Banks, 39, was the chief of the Cove City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department from 2012 until 2016. According to Craven County District Attorney Scott Thomas, Banks plead guilty to one county of larceny. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended, and was placed on supervised probation for year. He will also have to perform 48 hours of community service and was ordered to pay back the $5,700 plus investigation costs to the county.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

Statesville man displaced after fire damages home

A Statesville man said he was more than surprised when he came home early Saturday morning and saw firefighters. “I came home and saw two fire trucks outside,” Robert Adams said. “I guess they got it out before it burned the whole house down.” A fire started around 5:30 a.m. at 322 Newbern Ave., according to the Statesville Fire Department. It took about 15 minutes to get the fire under control.
Statesville Record and Landmark

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