North Carolina News

Friday, January 17, 2020

No injuries after firetruck overturns on Staton Road

Staton House Fire and Rescue Department truck overturned on Staton Road. Staton House Fire and Rescue Department said, the shoulder was soft and that is when the truck slightly went off the road and overturned. The driver did not need any medical attention. Officials said most of the equipment was salvaged and the truck is a total loss. It was an older truck and the department says it has five more.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

Dudley High students to help with construction of 2 new Greensboro firestations

Students at Dudley High School are getting the unique opportunity to work on the construction of two new fire stations as summer interns. “Opportunities don't come around like this very often, especially for high school students,” Principal Rodney Wilds said. The Greensboro Fire Department received approval for the necessary funding to rebuild fire stations 7 and 56. Samet Corporation is the construction manager for the project. The company has worked with Guilford County Schools on school construction projects. Given its existing relationship with the school system, it approached Wilds with the opportunity to give students hands-on experience through the upcoming fire station projects.

Lake Norman home destroyed in fire; investigation ongoing

A Lake Norman home was destroyed by an early morning fire this week, fire officials said. Troutman Fire Chief Wesley Morris said firefighters went to a home in the 100 block of Ridgecliff Drive after 12 a.m. Wednesday. He said the home was fully involved once the crews arrived and they began a defensive attack. Iredell County Fire Marshal David Souther said he believes the fire had been burning for some time prior to the arrival of firefighters. “By the time of the fire was discovered, the rear of the home (was) already collapsing,” he said Thursday afternoon. Morris said fire departments from West Iredell, Catawba and Monticello – along with a fire boat from Denver – assisted in fighting the blaze. He said no one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
Mooresville Tribune

Hurricane debris controlled burns planned for Orton Plantation

Orton Plantation will be conducting small controlled burns this month and in February to address Hurricane Dorian cleanup. These burns will take place before Orton Plantation’s annual prescribed burning begins March 1. “Prescribed fire not only benefits the longleaf pine ecosystem by controlling invasive species and encouraging new plant growth, but also mitigates the possibility of wildfire by reducing dangerous fuel loads that accumulate over the course of the year,” Orton Plantation stated in a news release. The burns will be overseen by Orton Property Manager Dillon Epp, a state-certified controlled burner. “Trained experts conduct the controlled burns at Orton, and are in close coordination with the North Carolina Forest Service, the North Carolina Department of Air Quality, the Brunswick and New Hanover County fire departments and 911 services,” the news release states.
WECT-TV Channel 6

Thursday, January 16, 2020

3 rescued, 1 killed in trench collapse at work site near Raleigh

VIDEOS: Dozens of first responders worked through the afternoon Wednesday to free four workers trapped when a trench collapsed near Brier Creek. Three of four workers trapped were rescued; the body of the fourth was recovered around 4:15 p.m. The trench collapsed around 11 a.m. at a gas station construction site at 4209 Corners Parkway, near the intersection of TW Alexander Drive and Glenwood Avenue. One of the workers was able to escape the trench on his own, authorities said. One was in the trench up to his thighs and was able to walk with assistance after being rescued. Another worker was in trapped up to his chest in the trench. Sky 5 footage showed him being taken out of the trench alive on a gurney around 12:30 p.m.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Guilford County EMS would partner with Greensboro on proposed new base

Firefighters and emergency medical responders would share space in a new fire station in east Greensboro if Guilford County officials give the go ahead tonight. The Greensboro Fire Department plans to demolish Fire Station 7 on Gatewood Avenue later this year and replace it with an $8 million station several times larger. Just less than a fourth of the new building would be occupied by a Guilford Emergency Medical Services team now housed in a separate county building several blocks away on U.S. 29. Assistant Greensboro Fire Chief Dwayne Church said pairing the two types of emergency responders in the same building is a big plus because they often respond to the same incidents. "To have EMS there, it's a benefit. They have some (medical) equipment that we don't carry because they are a paramedic unit," he said.
Greensboro News and Record

Kannapolis firefighters quickly extinguish fire at apartment construction site

Firefighters in Kannapolis made quick work of a small fire at the VIDA apartment development under construction in the downtown area. A city spokesperson said that a passerby noticed the fire around 3 a.m. and called 911. Firefighters were able to put the fire out very quickly and damage was contained to one floor. The fire began in an area where plumbing fixtures and flammable liquids were stored. There were no injuries. VIDA is a $61 million mixed use project that includes 286 apartments, new retail space, a parking deck and eventually a hotel.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Winston-Salem Fire Department pulls car out of water near Reynolds Park Road

The Winston-Salem Fire Department pulled an SUV out of a body of water early Thursday morning off of Reynolds Park Road, according to a tweet from the department. Initially, firefighters thought they were performing a water rescue of someone trapped in the car, but the car was actually empty, according to the fire department. It's not clear how the car ended up in the water to begin with.
Winston Salem Journal

Firefighter rescues deer caught in fence in Burlington

A deer that found itself stuck in a fence Sunday was recused by a Burlington Firefighter. The Burlington Fire Department says the incident happened at the intersection of Huffman Mill Road and University Drive. A video of the deer being rescued was captured and posted on Facebook. Nim Harris' caption read "Firefighting is guaranteed to bring something new every day!" The post was also shared by the City of Burlington's Facebook page.
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro

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