Daily Incident Log – 08/09/2017

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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08/09/2017 -

Fayetteville city councilman chastises fire chief about lack of diversity bu.png


Tensions between Fayetteville City Councilman Chalmers McDougald and the city fire chief flared Monday night in a council work session when Ben Major appeared to update council members on progress to increase firefighter diversity in his department. "It seems as though this department is really not willing to reach people," McDougald said. "We are hiring on reading ability." A black pastor elected in 2013, McDougald has repeatedly raised awareness regarding the issue of diversity in the Fire Department, which is made up of 10 percent of minorities and 4 percent women.  





Follow-up: ‘Extreme sadness' after Lenoir County fire department leader killed by truck bu.png


The president of a North Carolina volunteer fire department was killed when he was struck by a pickup truck as he walked with his wife along a rural road. The N.C. Highway Patrol told local media outlets that 54-year-old Bobby Glenn Deaver was killed as he walked with his back to traffic on a rural road southwest of Kinston in Lenoir County. Deaver's wife, who was walking on the shoulder, wasn't hurt. Deaver was president of the Southwood Volunteer Fire Department and an active firefighter.  



Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue use state-of-the-art robot for dive operations bu.png


Ever since the loss of volunteer firefighter Capt. Bradley Long during a rescue mission last summer, all dive operations were suspended for the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue. But recovery operations are still taking place without human divers thanks to new state-of-the-art equipment. In a two-part series, reporter Vanessa Leon shows us the exclusive video of the robot in training and finds out how the Long family is reacting.  



Onslow County: Neighbors lauded for saving military family from house fire bu.png


Two Onslow County women are being hailed as heroes after helping save a military family from a dangerous house fire Sunday morning. The family was inside sleeping at about 3 a.m. on Sunday, when Sheray Adams and a friend were arriving home from a night out when they saw her neighbor's house on Pinewood Drive in Pumpkin Center in flames. "Like we were banging on all the window,s all the doors like we (were) the ATF," Adams said. "We came down here cuz we live in the cul-de-sac.  



Fire truck reunites old Rocky Mount Fire Department friends bu.png


A longtime friendship between two retired Rocky Mount firefighters led to one of the men going home with a vintage fire engine. Todd Joyner and Alan Booth are former Rocky Mount Fire Department co-workers and have been friends for years. The pair has shared plenty of stories throughout the years, including one from Joyner about a vintage fire engine — a 1929 American LaFrance Hosewagon — that he had dreamed of owning since his childhood.  



Fire breaks out at condemned Spartanburg County hotel bu.png


Firefighters are investigating what sparked a large fire at a condemned hotel complex in Spartanburg. Firefighters were called to the site of the former Spartanburg Hotel and Resort at 200 International Drive just before midnight Monday. Captain Derrick Miller of Westview-Fairforest Fire Department said flames were coming from the roof of the building when firefighters arrived. Firefighters were still working to put out the fire after 7 a.m. Tuesday.  



Follow-up: Community mourns death of Upstate volunteer firefighter bu.png


An Upstate community is mourning the loss of a fireman killed in a motorcycle wreck. Friends and family gathered Monday at the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department for a vigil honoring Derrick Henson. The 19-year-old was killed Sunday when a car crashed into his motorcycle. The S.C. Highway Patrol says the wreck happened when the driver of a car crossed the center line off Oak Grove Road in Cherokee County. Loved ones say Henson comes from a family of volunteer firemen and began serving in 2012.  



Ladson: 'We had an explosion. A man is on fire,' caller told dispatch bu.png


911 calls after an incident at a Roper St. Francis facility in Ladson on Friday portray a frantic scene in which people said there had been an explosion in an electrical room. "We had an explosion. A man is on fire," the first caller to consolidated dispatch said. "Something in the electrical room exploded." While taking deep breaths, she later told a dispatcher the man was no longer on fire. She said flames were put out with an extinguisher and his skin was peeling off. "It's still smoking," she said as she requested help from the fire department.  



Horry County Fire Rescue interns say summer program 'sparked' their interest bu.png


Horry County Fire Rescue is hoping college kids will start some good gossip about them. Officials say they're hoping they'll spread the word about their internship program when they go back to school. ABC 15 caught up with one of those interns at the scene of Thursday's American Legion Post 40 fire. Anyone passing by would think Patrick Morris is another Horry County Fire investigator, but right now he's actually a student at Eastern Kentucky University.  



Deputies investigate after suspicious fires destroy Charleston County mobile home, vehicles bu.png


Charleston County deputies are investigating a pair of suspicious fires that destroyed a mobile home and vehicles early Tuesday morning. The fires happened about an hour and a half apart, according to St. Paul's Fire Chief Larry Garvin. Garvin said the first fire happened just after 1:30 a.m. at a mobile home on Jupiter Hill Road. Garvin said the people who live at the home got out safely. Two vehicles also were burned, according to the chief.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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