Statesville Fire Chief Andy Weatherman has named Captain Kyle Bell as the new assistant fire chief, effective January 10. Bell’s major responsibility will be to serve as the department’s training/safety officer. An Iredell County native, Bell has been with the department for more than 15 years.
“Kyle has done an outstanding job with the various tasks he has been responsible for throughout his career,” Weatherman said. “He has proven himself to be an exceptional trainer and leader, and I know he will do a great job at working with our firefighters and strengthening our department.”
Weatherman explained that the SFD has been without a dedicated training officer for a number of years and was pleased when the position was approved in the last budget.
Iredell Free News
VIDEO: Fire crews responded to a house fire in the 200-block of Ocean Boulevard West in Holden Beach Thursday evening.
The structure appeared to be fully enveloped in flame by 6:30 p.m. according to witnesses on the scene.
According to Holden Beach Police Department, two people were at home at the time and were able to exit the building without injury.
“All the witnesses that saw it say it happened very quickly,” said Holden Beach Police Chief Jeremy Dixon. “All the accounts were the same. It started at the bottom of the house and spread up quickly. It’s actually been several years since we’ve had a fire like this over here. The fire department did an amazing job. They were on scene quickly. We actually had a response from several other neighboring agencies that came from as far as Winnabow and Sunset Beach and everywhere in between.”
WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington
One man is dead after a fire broke out at an abandoned building in Kannapolis on Thursday, according to the Kannapolis Fire Department.
Firefighters responded to the abandoned commercial building on Sumner Avenue, formerly a discount grocery store, after multiple 911 calls came in regarding a fire at the site.
As firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, they found an unresponsive man, Christopher Casey, 41, inside the structure.
Fire officials say although Casey was rescued from the building, CPR attempts failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Kannapolis Fire Marshals and Kannapolis Police are currently investigating the cause of the fire.
WCCB-TV CW 18 Charlotte
PHOTO/VIDEO: Greensboro firefighters quickly put out heavy smoke and flames coming from the top of the Miller building in downtown Friday morning.
Dwayne Church with the department said several firefighters responded to the fire at 314 S. Elm Street.
Firefighters haven't reported any injuries at this time. They are still investigating what caused the fire. Several businesses are in this stretch of downtown, including Cheesecakes by Alex and Natty Greene's.
Roads are closed in the area while fire crews investigate. Greensboro city officials shared this release:
"Please be advised that South Greene Street & South Elm Street are blocked off from McGee Street to Washington Street due to a structure fire. The Greensboro Police and Greensboro Fire Department are on the scene. No reports of any injuries at the present time."
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
A person died in a house fire Wednesday night in Gates County.
Gates County Sheriff A. Ray Campbell said that crews from the Sunbury and Hobbsville fire departments responded to the fire at 352 Keys Cross Road around 9:15 p.m.
One person died in the fire, which was marked under control before 10 p.m. The fire is still under investigation, but authorities believe it may have spread from a wood stove. The identity of the person has not been released at this time and a photo from the scene shows the home was destroyed.
WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
All of the Triad are shifting gears ahead of this winter storm, including Greensboro.
The Greensboro Fire Department shared what steps they are taking to keep everyone safe. The fire department is making sure their trucks are fully loaded and ready to go.
They have to be prepared for accidents and the possibility of downed trees, so saws and generators are onboard. Deputy Chief Dwayne Church with the Greensboro Fire Department said they respond to a lot of traffic accidents during weather events. There are 26 fire stations in the City of Greensboro. Church said those stations will be looking around to see if there are any tree limbs close to power lines and will be keeping an eye on them.
"Safety is the first thing on our mind," Church said.
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro