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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Williams-Sonoma in Catawba County catches fire

A Williams-Sonoma factory caught fire in Catawba County Thursday morning. The Conover Fire Department says it happened around 7:30 a.m. at the business, located at 2973 Kelly Boulevard. Firefighter arrived to find fire and smoke coming from the back of the building, where the caller told fire officials the fire started. The fire was extinguished by 8:20 a.m. There's no word on what sparked the flames.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Follow Up: Fire destroys Jackson County firefighter’s home, community rallies for donations

A Jackson County fireman and his family are starting from scratch after his house burned to the ground on Tuesday. As the investigation into the cause is underway after the fire at Terry McCall's home in the Little Canada community. McCall is the Assistant Fire Chief at the Canada Fire Department. He heard the page go out for a fire on his road and then a neighbor called, confirming it was his home on fire. "I had to get out of the truck," McCall said. "I got sick to my stomach." McCall lived off Old Mill Road with five family members, including his parents. His brother and niece are also members of the fire department. No one was home at the time. "Take a breath and say, 'Well, thank the Lord that nobody was in the home,'" he said. No one was hurt, but two dogs died. McCall says his family lost everything, but is grateful to the community for their help.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Fires that destroyed three structures in Millers Creek investigated as arson

Fires that destroyed a mobile home, camper and storage building at the end of Barefoot Lane in Millers Creek are being investigated as arson, said Niki Hamby, a fire investigator with the Wilkes Sheriff’s Office. Hamby said the Millers Creek and Cricket fire departments were dispatched to 198 Barefoot Lane at about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday and found the three structures burning. He said it appeared that a fire was set in the storage building and it spread to the nearby camper because a man who lives nearby said that at one point the fire in the storage building was more advanced.
Wilkes Journal Patriot

After two fires last year, Wilmington Fire Dept. warns people to be careful this Fourth of July

After two fires in the area last year, Wilmington firefighters are warning people to be careful this Fourth of July holiday weekend. Battalion Chief Sammy Flowers said fireworks that leave the ground and explode are illegal in our state. “The big thing with fireworks when they leave the ground is you lose that whole element of control," Flowers said. "When you light it, you back away and it goes up, you don’t know if it is going straight up of here to the right or the left." Last year, illegal fireworks set the roof of Old Time Pottery on fire. “The situation could have been a lot worse if it was a little bit later at night,” Flowers said. “Luckily, someone rode by and saw the smoke and called it in, in a quick amount of time. However, if it was later, say, if it was 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning, you don’t have that much traffic, it could have burned a lot worse, maybe closed the business indefinitely.” Still, the fire caused about $10,000 in damage. A second fire last Fourth of July damaged a fence and generator. To make sure no illegal fireworks are sold in Wilmington, Flowers said firefighters will randomly inspect tents that have been set up.
WECT-TV Channel 6

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stamey’s barbecue restaurant in Greensboro damaged in fire

Part of a longtime barbecue restaurant was damaged in a fire late Tuesday night, causing it to close. The fire was reported just before midnight at Stamey's on Battleground at 2812 Battleground Ave. near Martinsville Road. No injuries were reported. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and were able to get the fire under control within 30 minutes, Greensboro fire officials said. Most of the fire was confined to the front of the business. The fire was accidental and caused by a malfunction in a drink dispenser, fire officials said. More than 40 firefighters and nine fire units were called to the scene. Multiple lanes of Battleground Avenue were closed for about two hours. It's unknown when the restaurant will reopen. Stamey's was founded in 1930 and has a second location near the Greensboro Coliseum.
WXII-TV NBC 12 Piedmont

Fire destroys Catawba farm house

A Catawba farm house is destroyed after catching fire late Tuesday night. It happened around 11:45 p.m. at a home on Wike Road. When crews arrived, the two-story home was fully engulfed in flames. A man inside the home made it out safely. Crews from five agencies responded to the large fire. One firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precaution due to elevated blood pressure. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Jackson County: Donations needed after fire destroys assistant fire chief’s home

A mountain firefighter and his family lost everything in a house fire on Tuesday. The Canada Volunteer Fire Department posted on its facebook page that Assistant Chief Terry McCall's home was destroyed. McCall lived in the home with five other family members, including a brother who is also a member of the fire department. Terry McCall's mother, father and a niece also lived there. No humans were injured in the blaze, but the Canada Volunteer Fire Department posted that two dogs were killed. The department posted this list of items needed, and said donations could be dropped off at the Canada Volunteer Fire Department at 149 Charleys Creek Road in Tuckasegee.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Wilmington firefighters roll in new fire truck

The Wilmington Fire Department showed off its new pumper truck at a Roll-In Ceremony on Tuesday. The new fire truck has already been in service for about a month, but Tuesday’s event gave firefighters the opportunity to ceremoniously roll out their old truck and roll in the new one. The new fire engine features two-way hands free communications, a 500 gallon water tank, and a 20 gallon foam tank. The 2015 Pierce Velocity Pumper cost $570,000 for the apparatus and $30,000 for the equipment. WFD Battalion Chief David Hines said that although the old truck was not a bad truck, it was nearing 15 years old. “We have to rotate the fleet, continue to get new trucks in,” Hines said. “If we don’t, we would be in a situation where all of our equipment would be old and be breaking down on us on a regular basis, so that’s the reason why you try to keep rotating them out.” The new fire truck will be assigned to Fire Headquarters.
WWAY-TV ABC 3 Wilmington

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