There have been more NC fire deaths this year than in all of 2017 and it's only June
It's only June, and there have already been more fire deaths this year than in 2017. Since January, 91 people have died in house fires in North Carolina, reported the Office of State Fire Marshal. Last year, there were 79 fire deaths statewide, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. There are two reasons for the increase: a spike in deadly fires earlier in the year and new rules for how fire departments report deaths to the fire marshal office, said Senior Deputy Insurance Commissioner Brian Taylor. The new reporting process started at the beginning of January. It was implemented under the leadership of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who heads the Department of Insurance and the fire marshal office.
Firefighters respond to fire at Calabash restaurant
Emergency crews in Brunswick County responded to a fire at a Calabash restaurant Tuesday afternoon. According to officials, firefighters responded to George's Pancake House located on Beach Drive just before 3 p.m. and found smoke coming out of the roof of the restaurant. It took nearly an hour to put the fire out. The restaurant had closed for the day at 2 p.m. and no one was inside when the fire broke out. Smoke and water damaged the building, but there was limited fire damage. The cause is under investigation.
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Charlotte firefighters rescue ducklings from storm drain as mother looks on
Firefighters in Charlotte went above and beyond Tuesday morning after some ducklings got stuck in a storm drain. The rescue happened on the 9000 block of JM Keynes Boulevard, near N. Tryon Street and W W.T. Harris Boulevard. When a passerby heard the ducklings in the drain, they called Charlotte Fire Station 27, and crews responded right away. Capt. Denise Petraske and her crew quickly pulled the baby ducks from the drain while their mother looked on.
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Firefighters battle blaze at plant fronting I-385 in Fountain Inn
Firefighters in Fountain Inn were called to battle a fire at a business off of I-385 Tuesday morning. The fire appeared to be at Ameri-Pak, Inc. on South Woods Drive, which fronts I-385 between SC 418 and SC 14. The fire sent huge plumes of black smoke in the air that could be seen for miles. Our crew at the scene said the fire was out as of 2:20 p.m. and firefighters were just dousing hot spots. According to the fire chief, fire investigators will be dispatched to the scene as soon as the weather subsides.
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Upstate first responders use specialized oxygen masks to save 3 cats in Spartanburg
Upstate first responders equipped WITH specialized oxygen masks saved three cats after a fire at an apartment Tuesday. Spartanburg police posted on Facebook that Westgate emergency responders and Westview firefighters responded to a small fire at an apartment. The emergency responders, who were checking on ventilation and performing a secondary search found two cats and rescued them from the apartment. They immediately began using oxygen masks specially designed for pets on the cats. Westview firefighters rescued three more cats from the apartment. Spartanburg police said two of the cats had already died, but the three remaining cats were revived. Many fire departments are equipped with masks for pets, often purchased with grants. Project Breathe, organized by the Invisible Fence company, says it has had more than 300 pet masks donated in South Carolina.
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Firefighters: Gas company has repaired ruptured natural gas line in Gaffney
The Gaffney Fire Department said crews have repaired a natural gas line that ruptured Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters said the gas line ruptured at Gaffney Middle School on East Frederick Street. Firefighters asked initially asked people to avoid the area and said people living in the area should shelter in place. Shortly after 1 p.m. firefighters posted an update stating that the gas company had stopped the leak and would begin making repairs shortly. Just after 1:30 p.m. firefighters said the problem had been resolved and their trucks had left the area.
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