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Friday, September 30, 2016

Firefighters respond to brush fire, find home burning instead in north Charlotte

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a house fire Friday morning on Jessie Street off of Statesville Avenue in north Charlotte. They said they were called to the area for a brush fire, but when they arrived they found a home burning instead. Firefighters said most of the damage was done to the back and side of the home. It is vacant and no one was hurt. Channel 9 is asking if the fire started outside the home and spread, or if the fire was set on purpose.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Fire destroys Nebo home

A fire gutted a Nebo home off U.S. 70 East and the cause is under investigation by McDowell County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation. On Thursday morning at 10:31 a.m., emergency services received a call regarding a house fire at the home of Kenneth R. Burleson of 4631 U.S. 70 East, Nebo The Marion Fire Department, Nebo Fire Department, Dysartsville Fire Department, Glenwood Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, McDowell Emergency Management and the McDowell Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.
Marion McDowell News

Foul play not suspected in Kinston High School fire

The SBI is assisting Kinston firefighters as they try to determine what started an early morning fire at Kinston High School. Classes for students were cancelled. The fire is believed to have begun in the back of the cafeteria, in a dishwashing room around 1:00 a.m. Officials say they do not suspect foul play, and that the SBI is there because it happened at a public school. "There's really nothing to indicate that this was anything other than a naturally occurring fire, if you could call it that," said school systems spokesman Patrick Holmes. "There's no indication that there's a suspicious nature to it, sign of forced entry or nothing." Once investigators finish their work, contracted clean-up crews will be brought it to start with the clean-up. Administrators say they will work around the clock to make sure the high school can reopen for the 700 students on Monday.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

Lightning strikes school in Goldsboro; Forces brief evacuation

Wayne County parents are relieved Thursday's storm only packed a small punch at Eastern Wayne Middle School. Thursday morning around 9:30, lightning caused a brief evacuation. School leaders say the strike hit one of the A/C units above the school's computer lab. There were 26 students inside the lab who smelled something burning. Goldsboro firefighters at Station 5 - across the street from the middle school - responded. Meanwhile, the school's principal moved all 400 students to the gym. Firefighters determined the lightning strike sent a power surge to the A/C unit - switching it from cold air to heat. Dust around the unit caused the burning smell. Students returned to class an hour later.
WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fayetteville firefighters rescue residents from flooded homes

Firefighters in boats had to rescue residents from their homes off South Reilly Road because of severe flooding Wednesday night. Thunderstorms rattled much of the Cape Fear region throughout the afternoon and late into the evening. About 9 p.m., Battalion Chief Michael Martin said the flooding trapped multiple residents in their homes on Wayland Drive and Glen Allen Street near the intersection of Cliffdale Road, requiring emergency rescue teams from the Fire Department to save them. Sheila Shipp, of the 500 block of Wayland Drive, said she had knee-deep water in her home. Martin said six residents were evacuated from a group home threatened by rising water. Firefighters also assisted other residents in the area, getting them to safety. Martin said several vehicles were stranded by high water at the intersection of Santa Fe Drive and Carson Drive.
Fayetteville Observer

Hamlet first responders recall horrors of Imperial Foods fire 25 years later

For firefighters in Hamlet, North Carolina, frantic dispatches on the morning of September 3, 1991 were anything but typical. The May Day call still rings in Chief Calvin White's psyche. He was a captain at the time, and his truck was the first to arrive at the burning Imperial Foods Plant. "I called for every fire department and every rescue squad in the county,“ White said. “I had to move those souls. Those precious individuals twice that day." Two and a half decades later, the recurring aftermath is still hard to shake for those who survived the accidental fire at the place that processed fried chicken. The plant site is a community park and memorial site. Recovery for Annette Zimmerman goes beyond physical injuries. The trauma she faced has sent her to a mental health facility more than once. "I spent plenty of time there unfortunately. It’s because of nightmares, especially this time of year," she said. Bobby Quick's strong feet powered through one of the many locked doors. His actions sprung several trapped co-workers to seek safety, but it came with a price.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

New Bern firefighters teach kids the importance of fire prevention and protection

With fires affecting more than 367,000 households each year, how we prepare and protect ourselves against them is very important. The message about what to do if a fire occurs in your house and how to safely get out is being taught to elementary school students during fire prevention week. Firefighters in New Bern say teaching kids at a young age is critical to making sure the message sinks in. To ensure the students didn't miss their safety message, the firefighters took a unique approach. When you think of a firefighter many of us think about their fire trucks and the turn out gear they wear. But students at Ben Quinn Elementary School saw a whole other side when these everyday heroes put on clown make-up and rode in on tiny bicycles to teach them about fire safety and prevention. It's a simple enough message...check the batteries on your smoke detector, make sure it's working; stop, drop and roll, and create and test out an escape plan.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

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