A 46-year-old Red Springs woman died in a house fire Wednesday morning, Red Springs Fire Chief John Ammons said.
First responders were dispatched about 4:38 a.m. to a home at 67 Beck St., the fire chief said. When firefighters arrived at 4:45 a.m., the “single-story wood frame house” was “fully-involved in flames,” Ammons said. Two passenger cars parked in the yard and an RV also were burning.
The vehicles were parked close to the house, and caught fire soon after the house did, he said.
A woman’s body was recovered from the home, and will be sent to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Raleigh for a positive identification, Red Springs Police Chief Brent Adkins said.
Jacoby Jacobs, the property owner’s son, suffered minor burn injuries and a cut caused by glass from a window in the RV, Ammons said.
Duplin County officials say an elderly man died after his home blew up Wednesday afternoon.
Lon Record passed away around 1:00 a.m. at the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.
The 79-year-old man was flown to the burn center after a gas leak led to the explosion at his home on Jackson Store Road outside of Beulaville.
Five animals also died in that explosion. Officials say a total of 17 animals were captured and 12 are currently being treated. About six of them are in critical condition. Fire officials say they are still looking for two dogs. The injured animals are at the Wilmington Emergency Animal Clinic.
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The Kannapolis Fire Department welcomes three new firefighters, Jacob Graworecki, Michael Nance and Ryan Wilson, to its ranks.
The new recruits completed eight weeks of fire, rescue and medical training prior to officially joining the department. A badge pinning ceremony was conducted at Veteran’s Park recognizing the new personnel for their achievements. During the ceremony, family members pinned the recruits by placing their badges on their uniforms for the first time, signifying the transition from “Recruit” to “Firefighter.”
"I am extremely proud of these three new firefighters and thankful to those who helped to guide and instruct them along their journey,' said Kannapolis Fire Chief Tracy Winecoff. “Being a firefighter has always been and still remains a service profession, and they are expected to serve the residents of our City to the best of their ability. I am positive these guys will do all they can do to live up to those expectations. We welcome them to our family.”
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A new Highlands Fire Department moved one step closer to fruition on Thursday when the town board approved a rezoning request for the property and accepted a not-to-exceed bid price from contractor DR Reynolds Company.
During a public hearing regarding the rezoning of the parcel at 149 Franklin Road the only question from the public concerned the traffic impact of locating the fire department on a busy thoroughfare.
“We have worked with the NC Department of Transportation to look at the traffic, and they saw no issue with that location,” Highlands Fire Chief Ryan Gearhart said. “We are looking into the possibility of putting warning signs, for when a call comes in, to notify motorists that emergency vehicles will be entering the roadway. Something similar to what you see when you drive down NC 106 at the Sky Valley turnoff, where the turn is marked with flashing lights when a vehicle is approaching.”