Daily Incident Log - 7/2/2012

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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07/02/2012 -


Firefighters say lightning caused Jacksonville apartment fire

Fire officials say a lightning strike is to blame for an afternoon apartment fire. It happened at Liberty Pointe Apartments off of Piney Green Rd in Jacksonville. Crews at the scene tell us two apartment buildings were damaged from the fire, both are considered a complete loss. No one was injured in the fire. Several fire departments responded included Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and the Swarnsboro Fire Department. It took crews about 30min to get the fire under control.



Alamance County fire departments plan for expansion in fire insurance districts

County Fire Marshal David Leonard will submit paperwork with the state in late July to request local fire insurance districts be expanded by one mile. Leonard has worked since last December with the county Geographic Information System staff to complete maps of what an expansion of the insurance districts would include. These maps and descriptions of the new six-mile in surance districts will be provided to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.


Jacksonville's police, fire departments merge

Jacksonville's police and fire departments are merging to form the Department of Public Safety. Police Chief Mike Yaniero will become head of the new department, said City Manager Richard Woodruff who said the change was prompted by the departure of long-time Fire Chief Rick McIntyre. McIntyre announced last month that he was leaving Jacksonville to accept an offer from the City of High Point to become the new fire chief there.


One dead in Rowan County business fire

The investigation continues Saturday morning into a deadly business fire in Rowan County. The fire broke out at S&S Graham Archery on Highway 29 around 9:30 Friday night. Officials on the scene tell NewsChannel 36 a woman in her mid-40's was killed during the fire. Four other employees were able to escape safely.


Fires damage homes in Orange, Wake Counties

Fires early Sunday did heavy damage to one home in western Wake County and to one in Orange County. There were no injuries to residents of either house or to firefighters from the total of 10 fire departments that fought the blazes, officials said. In Orange County, the 911 center said a fire at 1011 Maple Ridge Road was reported 1:19 a.m., shortly after a storm with a lot of cloud-to-ground lightning pa ssed through, though the cause of the fire was undetermined Sunday. Firefighters were still on the scene at dawn.


Follow-up: Croatan fire still smoldering

The June 30 target date for full containment of the Croatan National Forest wildfire has come and gone and a section of the 21,331-acre fire still smolders. District Ranger John F. "Poncho" Smith said Sunday the remaining 30 firefighters assigned to contain and ultimately control the Dad Fire are 2 percent short of that goal. Containment of the 1,500-acre prescribed burn that escaped Father's Day remains at 98 per cent, so most of the 134 firefighters battling it at its peak have been released.



Fire destroys Simpsonville home, 2 firefighters suffer minor injuries

Fire ravaged a home today in the Sparrows Point subdivision of Simpsonville. Clear Spring firefighters responded to 326 Karsten Creek Drive about 8:15 a.m., arriving to find the garage engulfed in flames. The bonus room abo ve the garage collapsed as firefighters worked to put out the blaze. Flames spread along the roof to much of the rest of the house.


Related: Blaze engulfs Simpsonville home  

Update: Cayce fire may spark charges, big expenses

Charges may be brought in connection with the Cayce plastics fire that started Friday and was only put out Sunday, a city official said Sunday. Although at this point, city fire officials don't believe the fire was intentionally set, officials are exploring the possibility that fire-prevention regulations may have been violated, city public safety Lt. Jeff Simmons said.


Dangers of fireworks spark during heat wave in Greenville

Fireworks sales may be sparking, but with the ongoing triple-digit heat felt in the Carolinas, Fourth of July revelers will have to keep a close eye on how they celebrate the red hot holiday. Fireworks are legal and popular, but they can be dangerous - especially during a dry, heat wave. With several days of temperatures higher than 100 degrees, dead and dried out grass i s perfect for spreading brush fires.


Anderson County fire chief: Man arrested on charge of arson at house

Anderson County fire investigators arrested a man Friday afternoon on a charge of arson. County Fire Chief Billy Gibson said Jerry Lee Madden, 57, was charged with arson of a home at 39 R Street. The unoccupied home was originally burned about six months ago but Madden is charged with setting a fire there on June 17, Gibson said. Madden does not have a fixed address, Gibson said. He is awaiting a bond hearing.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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