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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Winston-Salem home set on fire by lightning strike

VIDEO: A Winston-Salem home was set on fire by a lightning strike on Tuesday, officials tell FOX8. Winston-Salem fire crews were on the scene in the 1300 block of Pheasant Lane. It is unknown if anyone was inside the home at the time of the strike. Thunderstorms will continue moving through the Piedmont Triad over Tuesday night. There is also a chance for severe weather on Wednesday afternoon. Some of those storms could be severe with damaging winds and heavy rain.
WGHP-TV FOX 8 Greensboro

‘Baddest pain I ever felt’: 7-year-old Gaston County boy recovering after firework accident

A 7-year-old boy in Gaston County is recovering after a firework accident on Sunday. Lyrik Chastain has serious burns on his arm after a firework set his clothes on fire. He’s out of the hospital now and healing with generous support from first responders. Chastain’s parents told Channel 9's Ken Lemon when they first saw the wound, they thought he might lose his arm. His father called him a champion. He certainly felt like a winner Tuesday when a fire truck from the Agriculture Center Volunteer Department pulled up to his home near Dallas with gifts. The presents included two gift cards totaling $1,000 to help with healing from one of the scariest days of Chastain’s life. “It was the baddest pain I ever felt,” Chastain said. His stomach, back, arms and hands are still bandaged from second-degree burns.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Over 1 dozen emergency vehicles respond to Fuquay-Varina house fire

Firefighters responded to a Fuquay-Varina house fire Tuesday morning. This happened in the 2500 block of Pleasant Road. Officials said they responded to the call just after 5 a.m. Officials said there are no reported injuries, and no one was in the house when the fire started. Over one dozen emergency vehicles responded to the scene, according to officials. Officials said there is no fire hydrant in the neighborhood, and tankers had to haul in water. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
WNCN-TV CBS 17 Goldsboro

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Officials: Fireworks suspected as cause of truck fire in Castle Hayne

VIDEO: Fireworks are suspected to have been the cause of a truck fire in Castle Hayne om Saturday night, according to New Hanover County Fire-Rescue. A viewer sent WECT video of firefighters arriving on the scene on Stoney Road on Saturday and extinguishing the flames.
WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington

Durham, Raleigh fire departments spend combined $5.1 million in overtime pay during past year

Vacancies in fire departments throughout the Triangle are causing big bills and tired staff. WRAL Investigates found fire personnel in Durham and Raleigh racked up about $5.1 million in overtime pay over the past year, which has an impact on city budgets and the workers themselves. “There are a lot of firefighters that are tired,” said Durham Fire Union President Jason Davis. “At some points, we are working 72-hour shifts. WRAL Investigates filed public records requests and found between June 2021-June 2022, Durham Fire Department employees worked 36,000 hours of overtime, which totals $1.3 million. In the same timespan, the Raleigh Fire Department has wracked up 122,000 hours of overtime, which cost $3.8 million. “With some of our guys that have worked a significant amount of overtime where they are getting to that point where they are just burnt out,” Davis said.
WRAL-TV NBC 5 Raleigh

Educational trailer damaged after fire intentionally set, Charlotte Fire Department says

An educational trailer was damaged Sunday evening after a fire was intentionally set, Charlotte Fire Department says. The fire happened at a Charlotte Water field operations center at 4100 Tyvola Road around 5:30 p.m. The trailer had been vacant, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters were able to control the fire in under 10 minutes. The fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information is ask to call crime stoppers.
WBTV CBS 3 Charlotte

Smoke impacts remain minimal from Ferebee Road Fire in Hyde County; now 55% contained

The N.C. Forest Service reports success at containing and putting out the Hyde County fire that’s been burning for weeks. In a media release, crews say they have been able to hold the Ferebee Road Fire to 1,938 acres for the duration of a week. Fire containment is at 55% as the fire area is reaping the benefits of successful water operations. Rain showers in the area Saturday evening and Sunday morning helped provide brief aid to firefighting crews while southerly winds continued to push smoke from the area. Water flow from nearby canals is beginning to seep into the edges of the fire area. Pumping operations have pulled more than 300 million gallons of water from New Lake and 48 million from Phelps Lake. There are still no injuries and no structures damaged at this time.
WNCT-TV CBS 9 Greenville

Man taken to hospital after being struck by lightning near Masonboro Island

A man was struck by lightning near Masonboro Island on Sunday around 3:15 p.m.. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded with their Marine Unit, along with Wilmington Police Department’s Marine Unit. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says it’s not clear whether the man was on the island or in a boat when he was struck by lightning. Deputies performed CPR on the man as they were taking him to Bradley Creek Marina to meet EMS. He was taken to the hospital but his condition is unknown at this time.
WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington

Historic building collapses in Mount Airy

PHOTOS: The Mount Airy fire department is cautioning people to avoid an area of downtown due to a building collapse. They posted on Facebook Tuesday morning that they had gotten a call about a partial structural collapse at the Main Oak Building in downtown Mount Airy. Sources say that the collapse happened overnight and no one was inside at the time. The building was being renovated. According to the fire department, Duke Power, building inspectors and the police department are on scene. People are asked to avoid Oak and Main Streets while they work to secure the scene. In October of 2021, the Mt Airy News reported that a Durham based company had bought the building and planned to renovate them to become AirBNBs.
WNCN-TV CBS 17 Goldsboro

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