North Carolina News

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fire and Rescue training in Greenville brings out of state professionals to town

Fire and rescue professionals from all over the country are training in Eastern Carolina this week. Greenville Fire and Rescue is hosting nearly 30 first responders from as far away as California and Tennessee as they prepare to seek accreditation for their agencies. The Center for Public Safety Excellence chose to present the workshop in Greenville as the Fire and Rescue Department nears the end of their 3 year accrediting process, which wraps up this March. Less than 300 agencies worldwide have completed the achievement and this workshop prepares participants for the lengthy and challenging process. Greenville Fire Chief Eric Griffin says hosting the training is great for employees and the city as a whole. Griffin said, "They are able to learn from other people that are visiting from throughout the country as I said. So they get to learn, share different ideas, and also, other people will see Greenville and go back and talk about the great things Greenville is doing."
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

3 children, 3 adults displaced in Charlotte apartment fire

The American Red Cross is assisting three children and three adults following an apartment fire Thursday morning in west Charlotte, according to the Charlotte Fire Department. The fire broke out just before 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at an apartment complex located in the 1700 block of West Boulevard. Firefighters had the fire under control in about 15 minutes, fire officials said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
WJZY Fox 46 Charlotte

Firefighters battle blaze at Fairview Baptist Church

A fire in the furnace room of Fairview Baptist Church was quickly extinguished Wednesday night. Firefighters got the call about 9:15 p.m. and had the the fire under control about 45 minutes later. Authorities said smoke was showing when crews arrived. It's believe the fire was in the furnace room but the cause is still under investigation. No injuries were reported.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Emergency crews called to retention pond in northeast Charlotte

Chopper 9 Skyzoom was over the scene of a large police and fire personnel presence in northeast Charlotte. More than a dozen officers and firefighters were called around 10:30 a.m. to TBS Freight off Orr Road, near the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. From Chopper 9 SkyZoom, emergency crews could be seen surrounding a retention pond. Workers told Channel 9 they spotted tire tracks leading to the pond and called 911. The company said landscapers working nearby noticed what appeared to be a vehicle submerged in the pond behind their storage warehouse. The landscapers said they did not believe the car was there yesterday.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

3 Children Left Alone Escape House Fire In Gastonia, Officials Say

Three children who were left home alone managed to get out of a burning home in Gastonia overnight, officials say. Firefighters with the Gastonia Fire Department were called around 2 a.m. to 924 Baker Boulevard where a home caught fire and was engulfed in smoke. Gastonia firefighters entered the home and encountered fire in the kitchen, which they extinguished in approximately 10 minutes. Three kids who were inside the home at the time of the fire were alerted by a working smoke alarm- allowing them to escape the home uninjured. A dog, however, did die in the blaze. The fire left $15,000 in damages and was started by food left unattended while cooking on the stove.
WCCB-TV FOX 18 Charlotte

Richmond County: ’Hero’ 72-year-old volunteer firefighter saves little girl from horrific dog attack

A 6-year-old girl in Richmond County is recovering after being attacked by dogs at her school bus stop. “I have stitches everywhere and staples in my head,” Haiden Prevatte told Eyewitness News anchor Liz Foster. As soon as David Covington saw the dogs attack Haiden, the 72-year-old volunteer firefighter jumped out of his car and grabbed a stick on the side of the road. Two pit bulls attacked the first-grader in Rockingham on Wednesday before the school bus even drove away. “He bit me and shook me around,” she said. Covington was stopped in his car behind the bus. “First one came at me and I swung at him,” Covington said. “The other dog was still attacking the girl, so I hit him a couple times. He backed off. She started up the bus, and he pulled her back down and continued to attack her.” Covington eventually was successful in stopping the dogs. The school bus driver pulled Haiden back onto the bus while Covington called 911. “He was very nice helping me,” Haiden said of Covington.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

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