Daily Incident Log – 11/08/2017

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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11/08/2017 -

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No one was evacuated after a transformer caught fire at a nuclear plant in Huntersville Wednesday morning. According to the Huntersville Fire Department, a transformer fire occurred at the McGuire Nuclear Plant on McGuire Nuclear Station Road. Firefighters said the fire was contained to a building on site which housed the transformer. Crews tweeted about the incident around 9 a.m. Crews say all of the surrounding areas near the nuclear plant were safe. The public should not be concerned, according to the Huntersville Fire Department. Firefighters are asking drivers to avoid the area due to an "increased traffic flow" related to the incident. Firefighters did not say whether anyone was injured.  




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Firefighters in Wake County were able to save home Wednesday morning after fire engulfed a screen-printing business behind the house in the 2800 block of Banks Road, officials said. Fire crews from Raleigh, Garner and Fuquay-Varina responded at about 4:30 a.m., and were able to limit the fire's effects on the home to minor damage, according to fire officials. The business was ablaze when firefighters arrived and was destroyed. Lacking nearby hydrants, firefighters trucked water to the site of the fire. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire.  



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Multiple vehicles caught fire at a towing business in Pineville Wednesday morning. The fire occurred at the Dellinger Wrecker Service on Industrial Drive. Heavy smoke could be seen at the business. The owner says one employee was at the business when the fire started but did not notice the blaze. An employee with a business next door then noticed the fire and called 911 and fire crews. Firefighters said between 12 to 13 cars were involved in the blaze. Most of the vehicles involved were completely destroyed. The owner does not believe the fire was intentionally set. It is unclear what started the fire. No one was injured in the incident.  



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A former Richmond County fire chief is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the department. The State Bureau of Investigations arrested David Knight on Monday. Investigators said Knight embezzled more than $21,000 from Hamlet Rescue and Emergency Services. Knight served as the Hamlet Fire Chief for years before retiring in 2015.  



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A warehouse in Winston-Salem caught fire on Tuesday, but nobody was hurt. Crews were called to a Waste Management facility at 280 Business Park Drive shortly after 6 p.m., according to the Winston-Salem Fire Department. Thirty-one firefighters had the fire under control in about 35 minutes. Smoke was showing as crews arrived. Firefighters credit the building sprinkler system for helping keep the fire from spreading. A cause has not been released.  



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Firefighters say no one was injured in a house fire in the Union Heights area of North Charleston. North Charleston Fire Marshal Cindy Killette says crews responded at approximately 3:07 p.m. to the 1900 block of Hampton Avenue. Firefighters say the attic was fully involved when firefighters arrived. Security bars made it difficult for firefighters to get inside. The fire was reported out shortly before 4:30 p.m. The roof of the home collapsed during the fire, Killette said.  


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Crews are working to learn more about an overnight commercial structure fire off Hardscabble Road near I-77. Columbia Fire Department said damage is estimated at less than $40,000. Authorities said they responded to the building, at 119 Carrie Anderson Rd., around 4 a.m. Wednesday, and found that a car had hit the front entrance, with smoke visible inside the building. There were no injuries reported. The Richland County Fire Marshal and the Richland County Sheriff's Department are investigating. ABC Columbia News has a team working to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the fire.  



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A Florence home suffered heavy fire damage Tuesday afternoon. Florence firefighters responded to a house in the 100 Block of Sanborn Street about 2:40 p.m. and arrived to find the front third of the house fully involved. Firefighters were able to quickly knock the fire down but not before it caused significant damage to the front of the house. Florence Fire Marshal Chris Johnson said that the cause of the blaze was undetermined but not suspicious. The home had working smoke detectors and all three residents were able to safely escape the house, he said. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.  



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Myrtle Beach Fire Department crews battled a blaze at an apartment building on 26th Avenue South Tuesday night. Battalion Chief Thom VanDemark, with MBFD, said firefighters were called about 5:57 p.m. to fight the fire at 209 26th Avenue South near Yaupon Drive. Crews arrived about three minutes later, and nearly 30 minutes after crews started fighting the fire, MBFD tweeted the fire was under control, but advised that people avoid the area if possible as they remained on scene to do clean up.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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