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05/30/2012 -


Rockingham Fire Department dedicates memorial garden to late engineer 

A fallen firefighter has been forever memorialized. The Rockingham Fire Department and Richmond County Hospice worked together to dedicate a flower and vegetable garden to remember Ed "Big Ed" Hairfield, an engineer for RFD and deputy chief of Richmond County Rescue Squad, who passed away in March after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The flourishing garden, situated behind Hospice's main office next to memorials of other Hospice residents, is now sprawling with an assortment of flowers and vegetables, including lavender plants, eggplant, tomatoes and yellow bell peppers. "We sat down with his brother, Larry, and we talked to him about it and we were all in consensus," said Fire Chief Harold Isler. "Let's get something out here at [Richmond County Hospice] because they were so good to him. (They) were outstanding as far as his care and taking care of him."  




Oak Island beach house destroyed in fire, 3 others damaged 

One home was destroyed and three others were damaged during a fire in Oak Island Tuesday afternoon. According to Brunswick County dispatch officials, the fire was first reported just before 4 p.m. in the 1600 block of East Beach Drive. Multiple fire departments responded to the scene. Smoke could be seen for miles along the beach of Oak Island. The two homes on each side of the destroyed house were damaged and another home beyond that was also damaged as high winds pushed the flames along a row of homes. No injuries have been reported. There's no word yet what caused the fire. The home that was destroyed was not currently occupied.  


North Lenoir Fire and Rescue lowers insurance rating 

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey announced today that North Lenoir Fire & Rescue completed their routine inspection and significantly improved their rating to a 3/9E. The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). Among other things, the routine inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of a water source. North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief Brian Wade said, "I am extremely proud of our department for attaining a lower insurance rating. This achievement is the culmination of years of hard work and investment in our equipment, our water system, our training program and our members."  


Fire forces guests out of Durham hotel 

A small hotel fire evacuated guests Tuesday night. Around 6:15 p.m., 45 Durham and Morrisville firefighters responded to the SpringHill Suites by Marriott at 920 Slater Road. Firefighters saw smoke coming from the lower front corner of the four-story hotel. Guests were evacuated as crews pulled a hose toward the fire and began to extinguish it. The fire was extinguished in 10 minutes. Part of the hotel was damaged by the smoke, but most guests were able to return to their rooms. No one was injured during the fire, which is under investigation. Durham firefighters reminded the public that placing items that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, is the leading cause of fatal home fires.  


Brunswick Fire Department's first substation will result in lowered homeowner insurance premiums 

The Brunswick Fire Department wants to put a substation at Sunset Terrace, a project that when complete should result in a reduction of insurance premiums for a number of property owners in the area. The Whiteville Planning Board will hold a public hearing in virtual format Monday, Aug. 3, at 12:30 p.m. to decide on whether to recommend to city council that a conditional use permit be granted to allow a small fire station at 600 Sunset Terrace. Sunset Terrace is off Sunset Avenue, which turns near the Armory on Chadbourn Highway. The station will be sited near U.S. 74-76. Chief Greg Spivey said Friday that once the department gets the go-ahead from the city, the department expects about three months to pass between groundbreaking and building occupancy. After that, the State Department of Insurance will need to certify the substation, and only then will people see an insurance rate reduction.  


Mount Airy firefighters battle two blazes in two nights 

Mount Airy Fire Department members have responded to two blazes on back-to-back nights this week, including one Monday that sent an elderly couple to the hospital and fatally injured their pets. "It's very unusual," city Fire Chief Zane Poindexter said of that frequency, especially in the summertime when heating sources are not a factor as they are in colder months. "Two nights in a row is not the norm." The fire Monday night occurred at a residence on 322 E. Independence Blvd. across the street from the Ollie's Bargain Outlet shopping center, caused by an electrical problem, with the first blaze Sunday night on Merita Street stemming from an illegal burn. It damaged a garage-type structure. The incident on East Independence Boulevard was reported around 9 p.m. Monday at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Tate, who have been displaced as a result.  




Fire destroys field house at Orangeburg school 

A fire destroyed the field house at Orangeburg Preparatory School Tuesday, according to school officials. They believe the fire was caused by a lawn mower in storage around 4:00 p.m. and is now believed to be a total loss. The building housed both the home and visitor locker rooms as well as concessions and various sports equipment. The "Brent Lukens Memorial Field House" was dedicated to Lukens, a former student who died in a car accident. The team also had a large wooden Indian head stored inside the building that would be brought out during the Indian's football games. It also has fire damage. There were no injuries associated with the fire and the school thanked Orangeburg Public Safety, EMS and DPU for their quick response.  


Four-car Florence crash kills two 

Two people died Tuesday afternoon in a four-car crash on U.S. 76 east of Florence at Quartz Lane. Ten people were taken by five ambulances to two different Florence area hospitals as a result of the 12:30 p.m. crash. Windy Hill firefighters and medics with Florence County EMS worked for more than a half an hour to extricate and prepare patients for transport as ambulances shuttled in and out of the crash scene. Florence County sheriff's deputies directed traffic at the S.C. 327/Freedom Boulevard/East Palmetto Street intersection and assisted at the scene while Howe Springs Fire Rescue's traffic control unit diverted traffic east of the crash scene. A fire official at the scene said all people involved in the crash were transported to one of the two hospitals. Lee said the crash remains under investigation.  


Anderson County firefighters say no one injured in camper fire 

Firefighters in Anderson County say no one was injured in a camper fire early Tuesday morning. The Anderson County Fire Department responded to a call for a possible entrapment along Ross Road around 3:18 a.m. Firefighters say they arrived on scene to discover the camper in flames. Luckily, firefighters say the person living in the camper was not home at the time of the incident. Firefighters so no one was hurt while extinguishing the flames. Right now the cause of the fire is still under investigation.  


Firefighters douse burning houses in Greenwood, Donalds 

Firefighters had to douse two burning houses over the weekend, one in Coronaca and the other in Donalds. Coronaca fire station Chief Gary Owensby said his crew responded to a call Saturday morning on Parkland Place Road. They were joined by firefighters from the county fire service and from the Northwest, Lower Lake and Ninety Six fire stations. Smoke was coming out through the front of the house when firefighters arrived at the scene, Owensby said. The person living there had already gotten out and moved his vehicle so firefighters could pull up close. The resident wasn't injured, but Owensby described the house as a total loss. "He lost everything he had to either smoke or water damage," Owensby said. The fire was mostly contained to the kitchen, while some spread to a living room and laundry room, but there was smoke and water damage throughout the house.  


Courtesy of The Daily Dispatch.
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