Family of nine burned out of home in Rowan
A family of seven children and two adults will have to find a new home after fire rendered their mobile home a total loss.
The fire started at around noon on Montego Lane in Salisbury, just off Long Branch Road in western Rowan County.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Chief Rusty Alexander of the Locke Fire Department said that the flames had spread quickly through the ceiling and the roof.
Firefighters from Locke, Salisbury, West Rowan, Franklin, and Cleveland all responded according to Chief Alexander, along with the Rowan Rescue Squad, the Rowan Fire Marshal's Office, and Rowan EMS.
There were no injures.
Raul Arbelaez, well known locally for his work with Toys For Tots through the US Marines, lives nearby and was able to find new toys to give to some of the young children.
The Red Cross is also helping the family.
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Transylvania: Neighbors reported explosions before house fire, officials say
Firefighters responded to a structure fire early Friday morning near Talley Road and Top of the Mountain Road. Officials said dispatchers received a number of calls from neighbors reporting hearing explosions coming from the house leading up to the fire.
This area is near Hendersonville Highway and the French Broad River.
The fire was called in at about 2:15 a.m., according to Jason Merrion, the chief of Little River Fire Department.
Merrion said the home was a total loss when they arrived on scene and the woods around the home was on fire.
It took crews from Little River Fire Department and Brevard Fire Department about 20 minutes to put the fire out, Merron said.
No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured, Merron said.
Madison County wildfire is almost 100% contained
The 5,300-acre Silver Mine Fire was 90 percent contained as firefighters continued their efforts to suppress the fire Thursday.
“This growth was expected and was part of the burnout process,” spokesman Bruce MacDonald with the Forest Service said. “The final acreage will probably be around 6,000 acres.”
Firefighters have been on the scene since April 21 when the wildfire was reported in Madison County about 1 mile east of Hot Springs in the Pisgah National Forest. The fire quickly grew to 2,500 April 22 before about half an inch of rain fell. The rain helped some fire suppression efforts, but over the weekend officials were unable to fully extinguish flames.
Burnout operations began Monday as firefighters began to set controlled fires to help consume the woodland fuel. Those operations concluded Wednesday as containment increased to 60 percent. Ground crews were using drip torches to hand-ignite areas near the lines, and helicopters were also used to ignite interior areas.
Smoke settled on Hot Springs Tuesday and Wednesday, and came into Buncombe County, but about three-quarters of an inch of rain fell Wednesday causing the smoke to no longer be an issue by Thursday.
“The rain really cut down on the smoke that was being produced,” MacDonald said. “As it begins to dry, some of those areas could rekindle, but it won’t be in the volume that we’ve seen at this point.”
Asheville Citizen Times
Harrells VFD readies for tractor pull
The Harrells Volunteer Fire Department is gearing up for a mini tractor pull this Saturday, another way of entertaining the masses and raising a little money to protect residents of southern Sampson County.
“We have one in the spring and one in the fall that coincides with Harrells Community Day,” said Danny Carter, one of nearly 50 volunteer member of the Harrells Fire Department. “This is like our big tractor pull, just on a smaller scale.”
The Harrells VFD Mini Tractor Pull will start at 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 30, at the Harrells Volunteer Fire Department on N.C. 41 in Harrells. The event is expected to extend into the early evening with a lot of fun for the entire family, Carter said. He encouraged young and old alike to come out to view the pull, which is free to the public. Concessions, including hot dogs and other refreshments, will be available for purchase.
“This is a sport that has been around for a while and can be enjoyed by men, women and children,” said Carter, a reigning champion in the mini pull. “There will even be mini tractors available for children and adults to give pulling a try at $10 per hook up.”
All proceeds will benefit the Harrells Volunteer Fire Department.
“This will help us purchase safety equipment,” Carter noted.
Clinton Sampson Independent