North Carolina News

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dozens of firefighters battle 3-alarm apartment fire in Hickory

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.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Iredell firefighter continues recovery from motorcycle crash

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 “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.
Mooresville Tribune

Pink Fire Hydrant in Burlington Is Part of NC Fire Stations Breast Cancer Awareness Challenge

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.
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Power restored more than 12 hours after crash downed lines in Matthews

A portion of Idlewild Road North remained closed early Tuesday between Lawyers Road and Harris Boulevard as crews worked for more than 12 hours to fix downed power lines. Around 5 p.m. Monday, a wreck on Idlewild Road near Highway 51 in Matthews caused a massive power outage. Officials said a tractor-trailer collided with another vehicle and the crash took down a power pole and some lines. Initially, nearly 5,000 Duke Energy customers lost power, but that number was down to 400 by 5 a.m. By 7 a.m., all power was restored. Those involved in the crash were not seriously hurt, police said.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Henderson County home saved after porch fire

No one was hurt after a fire started on the porch of a Henderson County home on Monday morning. It happened just after 6 a.m. at a home along Holly Hill Road in the Mountain Home area. Firefighters said the blaze was contained to the front porch and did not spread into the home. The fire was out within 30 minutes. The fire marshal determined that failure to properly extinguish smoking materials was the cause of the fire. One lane of traffic at the intersection of Howard Gap Road was blocked while crews were on scene. The roadway has since reopened.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

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