Daily Incident Log - 6/12/2012

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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06/12/2012 -


Harnett County assistant fire chief dies after fire

A Harnett County firefighter died Monday after responding to a fire, authorities said. Donald "Donnie" Suggs, 55, was assistant chief of the Summerville Fire Department in Lillington. He had been with the department for more than a decade. He collapsed at home shortly after the fire, authorities said. It wasn't clear whether the fire played a role in Suggs' death.


Related: Assistant Fire Chief Donald Suggs Dies In Harnett County After Responding To Call  


Fatal fire keeps retired Asheville-Buncombe arson investigator on job

Buddy Thompson's days as director of the Asheville-Buncombe Arson Task Force are over. But there's at least one case that makes it difficult to leave behind the chore of investigating fires. Thompson, with nearly 40 years in fire service, retired April 1. He worked on the task for ce for 17 years and had been director since 2000.


50-year-old construction flaw may have sparked Union County house fire

A family of five was forced from their Union County home overnight after flames consumed the house - and investigators say a 50-year-old construction flaw could be to blame. Firefighters were called out to Charles Franklin Street around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, after neighbors reported the fire. The homeowner said he was awakened when the power w ent off in the house, and when he went outside to investigate, noticed flames coming out of a vent in the roof.


Rocky Mount teen honored for saving siblings from house fire

When her home caught fire five months ago, a Rocky Mount teen put her own safety aside and hurried to rescue four of her younger brothers and sisters. "I would risk my life for them," 14-year-old Taniya Wiggins said Monday, hours before she was honored for her heroism at a Rocky Mount City Council Meeting. Wiggins lived at 927 Stokes Street with her mother and seven siblings. She was home with five of her brothers and sisters Jan. 5 when food cooking on the stove burst into flames.


Winston-Salem has two fires within 24 hours

A house fire Monday and an apartment fire Sunday displaced nine city residents and caused $104,000 in damage, authorities said. No one was injured. A fire broke out shortly before 2:30 a.m. Monday at 3100 Easton Drive in southeastern Winston-Salem, the city's fire department said in a statement. The heat from the fire damaged another house and a car.



Hopkins House Fire Ruled An Arson

Columbia firefighters now say an early morning fire at a home in Hopkins is now considered an arson. Fire crews say the case has now been handed over to the Richland County Sheriff's Department for further investigation. According to Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins, crews received the call to 109 Sagemont Drive in Hopkins around 4 a.m.


North Charleston dedicates new fire trucks

The North Charleston Fire Department celebrated the arrival of some new equipment with a traditional wet down ceremony Monday. The department dedicated a new fire engine and a new heavy rescue truck at the fire museum in North Charleston. The new trucks will replace an old 1995 engine and a 2002 heavy rescue vehicle. Fire officials say the new equipment will help keep people safer in the city.


Fire destroys Townville house on Hartwell Lake

A lake house in Townville was gutted by fire this morning. Flames were shooting through the roof of a house at 310 Bailey Circle when firefighters arrived at 8 a.m. Bailey Circle is located off Smith Road south of Interstate 85. Anderson County property records indicate a family from Newnan, Ga., owns it. The county assessor valued the home at about $250,000 this past year.


Rock Hill mom, 3 children displaced after kitchen fire

A Rock Hill woman and her three children are displaced after a kitchen fire destroyed their apartment on Flint Street Monday evening. Around 5:45 p.m., fire crews were called out to the three-unit apartment complex at 358 Flint Street to find the "A" unit in flames, said Rock Hill Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Rogers.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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