Gastonia firefighters injured in blaze
A collapsed ceiling injured two Gastonia firefighters Thursday night.
The firefighters, who were battling a house fire on Courtland Drive in Gastonia, were taken to Caromont Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
No other injuries were reported, according to a Gastonia Fire Department release. Several dogs were rescued.
Twenty-five people and six apparatus fought the fire, which broke out in a two-story home.
The Gastonia Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the blaze.
Update: Injured firefighter improving after Lincoln County wreck
A volunteer firefighter who was seriously injured in a Lincoln County head-on crash Wednesday was back in surgery Thursday, but is reportedly improving.
North Brook Volunteer Fire Department Chief "Duck" Hull says firefighter Ricky Tallenthas has several broken bones and has a long road to recovery, but will eventually be all right.
Hull says he and other firefighters went to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte Wednesday night to see how Tallent was doing and the injured man seemed to be in good spirits, "He knew who we was, but was in a lot of pain."
The accident happened along Highway 27 west of Lincolnton when a woman in an SUV crossed the center line into the path of Tallent's truck. It is believed the woman was trying to avoid a vehicle that had slowed down in front of her.
She was injured in the accident as well and was hospitalized in Cleveland County. Her name has not been released and Highway Patrol is still investigating exactly what happened.
Tallent was pinned in the wreckage for almost an hour. The top of his truck had to be cut away so rescuers could free him.
He was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Jane Willis says when she saw the damage to the vehicles she was amazed that anyone lived through it, "God was with them last night," Willis said.
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Fire at Rockingham County home ruled an arson
Officials have ruled the fire at an occupied Rockingham County home last week a case of arson.
Michael Foster told investigators he woke to the sound of his dog barking outside his home located at 731 Frank Road just before 3 a.m. on May 15.
When Foster went outside to see what was going on, he discovered the fire.
Four people were inside the home when the fire broke out.
Everyone escaped the home safely, but most of their personnel belongings were either damaged or destroyed.
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Update: Winston-Salem fires, four labeled arson
Investigators are combing through what caused multiple fires in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning, but have determined four of them to be arson.
Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, firefighters were called out to the South Fork Cleaners dry cleaning business on Country Club Avenue. A fire had destroyed the business and the majority of what was inside.
“To see all of this, you know, pulled out — and to see it ripped apart like this — it’s just devastating,” said Bridgette White, who has worked at the cleaners for nearly 14 years. “It’s like I don’t even really know where I’m at. Like, it doesn’t feel like work.”
On Thursday, fire investigators say the cause of the blaze was still undetermined.
Shortly after the dry cleaner fire, another fire popped up across town, on Ohio Avenue.
This fire was at a vacant home, which was also almost completely destroyed. Fire investigators determined the fire to have been intentionally set.
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