Firefighters were busy battling a 3-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Hickory early Wednesday.
The flames broke out just after 4:30 a.m. at the Westminster Park Apartments on North Center Street.
Dozens of firefighters were called to the scene, including some volunteer departments, to help get the fire under control. Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty was at the scene and said officials told him the fire started inside one of the units.
Nobody was hurt but several units suffered damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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Ray Elmore, the assistant chief at Cool Springs Volunteer Fire Department who had his leg amputated last week after a motorcycle crash, is awake and in good spirits.
Doctors removed Elmore’s breathing tube on Saturday, according to a blog entry his family posted on caringbridge.org.
“As soon as the tube was removed he was full of jokes and smart responses,” the family wrote. “He was brought to tears at the simple ability to even be able to speak.”
Elmore, 45, is also being treated for severe injuries to his left arm, pelvis and trachea, fire officials said. He had his left leg amputated following the crash and continues to undergo surgeries.
The driver who officials say caused the crash, 34-year-old Megan Brooke Beaver of Mocksville, is facing charges of driving left of center, operating a vehicle without insurance, driving an unregistered vehicle, having a fictitious or altered registration card or tag, driving with unsafe tires and driving a car that hadn’t been inspected.
The Burlington Fire Department has accepted the #pinkhydrantchallenge to spread awareness for breast cancer. The department tweeted a photo of a pink hydrant in front of one of their fire stations Monday afternoon. According to Deputy Fire Chief Lawrence, Burlington Fire was challenged by the Town of Carrboro Fire Department. "One of our colleagues there who had been challenged by another department in Cumberland County to paint a fire hydrant pink in their jurisdiction to acknowledge breast cancer awareness," Lawrence said.
Lawrence said their involvement comes a little late into Breast Cancer Awareness Month because of their work in the midst of hurricanes Florence and Michael.
"With the hurricanes and all the planning that had been taking place during that we realized that we were into the month of October without doing a lot towards breast cancer awareness," he explained.
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