PHOTO: Crews from Cowpens Rescue and the North Spartanburg Fire Department helped to rescue a man trapped in an elevator shaft while trying to make repairs at the Spartanburg Fire Department, according to Spartanburg FD's Official Facebook page. According to the post, a repairman was doing routine work when a valve failure cause the elevator car to fall from the second floor and trap a repair man underneath the elevator car.
Spartanburg FD says that crews were able to raise the elevator car around six to ten feet so that the worker could climb out on his own.
The worker was transported to the hospital for assessment, according to the fire department.
WHNS-TV Fox 21 Greenville
VIDEO: City of Aiken crews battled a brush fire Thursday afternoon along Dyches Road.
The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. on the road just south of the University of South Carolina Aiken, according to Aiken Department of Public Safety dispatchers.
No structures were threatened, but crews were working to get it under control around 1:45 p.m.
Coincidentally, a car caught fire and burned in the same area and around the same time, but the Aiken Department of Public Safety told News 12 the events were unrelated. A viewer sent News 12 some video of the car fire that happened at 1:20 p.m. in the McDonald’s parking lot on Aiken-Augusta Highway just east of where Dyches Road runs alongside the highway. Also Thursday, the Hitchcock Woods Foundation planned a 40-acre controlled burn not far away.
WRDW-TV CBS 12 Augusta
Suicide is a major problem amongst first responders nationwide and across the Lowcountry.
One local organization is working to bring awareness and offer support for those who need it.
“A very terrible thing. We lose more first responders every year to suicide then we do line of duty deaths and that’s very sad,” said Gerald Mishoe, executive director for the Lowcountry Firefighter, EMS and 911 Telecommunicator Team.
So, they decided to do something to address mental health issues among first responders.
“We lost nine Charleston firefighters in 2007. That was the thing that really got us started because we realized the people needed help, and there wasn’t any help available,” said Mishoe. The organization has 20 mental health experts on hand to help firefighters, emts and telecommunicators.
The group now helps with needs across 23 counties in lower South Carolina.
WCBD-TV NBC 2 Charleston
Fire crews responded to a downtown Greenville restaurant Thursday evening after reports of a fire.
Greenville Fire Marshal Tristan Johnson said crews were doing repairs on the roof of Tsunami Restaurant, at 106 East North Street, when a fire broke out. Fire crews responded and put out the small fire but needed to cut a hole into the roof to stop it from spreading, Johnson said.
Johnson could not confirm smoke or water damage inside the restaurant.
Employees were inside the restaurant at the time of the fire and were evacuated, according to Johnson.
The owner told WYFF News 4 that the building has been deemed safe by fire officials.
WYFF-TV NBC 4 Greenville