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Friday, April 29, 2016
Family of nine burned out of home in Rowan    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Transylvania: Neighbors reported explosions before house fire, officials say    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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    view comments tweat me share on facebook
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

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Boy Scout flag destroyed by vandals in Asheville restored by firefighters, community supporters   view comments tweat me share on facebook
We have an update to a story we first brought you Monday, that the large american flag flying over Boy Scout headquarters in Asheville had been taken down and burned. The flag is a local landmark. If you're driving east on I-240 near downtown you can't miss it. Twenty by 40 feet of stars and stripes. Someone destroyed it almost a week ago, but that wrong has finally been made right. If there's an organization that shares the Boy Scout motto of "Be prepared," it's got to be the Asheville Fire Department. That's exactly what the crew of Ladder One was this afternoon, bringing its 100-foot aerial platform to the Haywood Street Daniel Boone Headquarters to do a very good deed--doubled-up as a training exercise. "It's a long truck, and it's not easy to maneuver, the more practice we get at it the better we are," a firefighter said.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Containment increases in Madison fire, smoke still an issue   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters completed burnout operations to the Silver Mine Fire near Hot Springs on Wednesday, improving containment to 60 percent. The wildfire, which began last week, grew from 2,500 acres to 5,000 acres as a result of the burnout operations, Forest Service spokesman Bruce MacDonald said. Firefighters issued warnings as smoke began settling in Madison and Buncombe counties because of the burnout operation. Smoke is expected to dip into low areas overnight, concentrating in and near Hot Springs, but winds are predicted to carry the smoke northeast Wednesday night, officials report. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued a code orange air quality alert for Madison County because of the lingering smoke of the fire. The alert will remain in effect until midnight Thursday. Wednesday morning, an alert was issued for Buncombe County because smoke from the fire was noticeable in some areas of the county. Officials asked residents to only contact 911 if they saw flames after several people called dispatch reporting smoke in the area. Officials are also urging the public to be cautious when traveling in the area, specifically using headlights when smoke is present. Smoke sensitive individuals should also take appropriate precautions such as remaining indoors, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Lisa Jennings said. Several trails, including the Appalachian Trail from Hot Springs to Hurricane Gap, Roundtop Ridge, Lovers leap Loop and Pump Gap, remain closed. "We're asking folks for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters to make sure that they're paying attention to those closures," Jennings said.
Asheville Citizen Times

Charlotte: Carjacked vehicle crashes while running from police, Brookshire Blvd shut down for hours   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Three people were taken to the hospital Wednesday after a vehicle that was reportedly carjacked crashed while running from police. Just before 6 p.m., officers spotted a car they say was taken in a carjacking near the intersection of Rozzelles Ferry Road and West Trade Street. The officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop. The vehicle then struck two other vehicles while running from police and eventually crashed near the intersection of Brookeshire Boulevard and Idaho Drive. The two people in the suspect vehicle were taken to Carolinas Medical Center, while a passenger in one of the vehicles they hit was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. All three are expected to be OK. Anthony Melvin, a neighbor living near the crash site, said he had seen other crashes along Brookshire, but never anything like Wednesday's accident. “I just got home from work and this is what I come home and see. (Shakes head) I just hope everything is going to be alright with everybody,” said Melvin. Police have not released any names or possible charges. Traffic on Brookshire Blvd was diverted onto Idaho Dr while crews worked the scene. Police said the closure would last several hours.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Northwest Charlotte building fire under investigation   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A fire that broke out in northeast Charlotte Wednesday evening remains under investigation. The fire broke out just before 5:30 p.m. at a building on Rumple Road near Michaels Landing Drive. The Charlotte Fire Department says the fire caused around $15,000 worth of damage. There was no power to the building, which officials say was used as storage by the Masonic Lodge. Twenty-nine firefighters responded to the call and were able to get the fire under control in about 14 minutes. No injuries were reported.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Brush fire keeps Kannapolis firefighters busy   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A large brush fire kept Kannapolis area firefighters busy on Wednesday afternoon. Just before 3:00 pm the Kannapolis Fire Department responded to a call for smoke in the area in the 1700 block of Concord Lake Road. The first firefighters on the scene reported heavy smoke coming from the woods. As crews accessed the area they discovered a large brush fire burning approximately 5 acres. Additional resources from KFD as well as Cold Water and Mount Mitchell Volunteer Fire Departments were brought to the scene for assistance. Personnel from the NC Forestry Service also responded to the scene utilizing their bulldozer due to the amount of fire. The fire was brought under control in approximately one hour. KFD crews remained on the scene with the Forestry Service checking for hot spots and cutting a fire line around the area. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

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