Daily Incident Log - 7/16/2012

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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07/16/2012 -


Kinston: Fire engulfs three Gordon Street buildings, including a law office and gym

Water flooded low spots on Queen Street Saturday morning, leaving charred bits of paper and wood near the sidewalks as firefighters from the Kinston Department of Public Safety worked to put out an overnight blaze. Crews spent more than 12 hours putting out three fires, which damaged three buildings on the 100 block of East Gordon Street. Sgt. Craig Jarman, of the department's criminal division, said the fire started around 1 a.m. and caused damage to Garrens, Foster and Sargent law firm, as well as Get it in Fitness. An unoccupied building also had fire and smoke damage.


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Denton mayor wears multiple hats, serves as firefighter

Scott Morris does it all. Some nights Morris, Denton's mayor, can be found leading Denton Board of Commissioners meetings. Day or night, Morris can be spotted around town responding to a house fire or wreck as the assistant chief of the Denton Volunteer Fire Department. Sometimes Morris, also the co-owner of a real esta te company, serves in the capacity of fire chief if he is not available.


West Yadkin Fire Chief retires after 28 years

David Brown has spent more than two decades serving as the fire chief for the West Yadkin Volunteer Fire Department. "My older brothers were already volunteers and so I just decided to join too and a couple of my buddies joined at the same time," said Brown, who first joined when he was 16. Brown said that when he joined the departm ent there was no cadet program, so he could become a firefighter right away. Brown quickly moved up the ranks of the department quickly.


Tar Heel fire units go west, north to hlp with wildfires

The N.C. Forest Service has sent 32 employees to help fight wildfires in other states. The personnel will help state and federal agencies in a variety of duties. "N.C. Forest Service employees are recognized nationally as excellent wildland firefighters," said State Forester Wib Owen. "During times of extreme wildfire in our country, the wildland fire community works together to help each other. In fact, many of our folks have trained with other state and federal agencies.


Multiple fire departments called in Mint Hill house fire

Midland and Charlotte fire departments were called in to help Mint Hill firefighters battle a house fire on Dogwood Drive around 9:00 p.m. Saturday night. Firefighters say they had trouble getting water to the house. "We were assigned a system of water supply and man power. The water supply was a short distance away. Obviously the house is pr etty burned up," said Captain John Frame of Midland Fire Department.



Dorchester County townhouse fire sends 1 into cardiac arrest

One person suffered cardiac arrest due to smoke inhalation following a fire in Dorchester County. The Old Fort Fire Department responded to the scene along Reserve Way at around 7:30 Sunday morning, after light smoke was seen coming from the townhouse-type structure.


Elderly couple taken to MUSC after Mt. Pleasant fire

An elderly couple was taken to MUSC early Sunday morning after a fire ripped through their home. Mt. Pleasant Police Department officials say the blaze started early Sunday morning at 989 Cottingham Drive. When crew arrived at the scene, they saw flames and smoke coming from the home.


Goose Creek Home Destroyed in Blaze

Goose Creek Rural Fire Department Assistant Chief, Bob Maibach, said the fire was reported at 4:00 AM Monday. When crews arrived, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Eventually, the roof collapsed. Firefighters contained the fire after fighting for 40 minutes. They believe the fire started in a back bedroom, but so far a cause for the fire hasn't been determined. Initial reports were the husband was at work, but no one knows where the wife and kids are at this time.

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Beaufort firefighter's proposal warms fiancee's heart

The heat was on for Ross Vezin when he recently asked his girlfriend for her hand in marriage. The Beaufort firefighter was not only nervous about popping the question. He was sweating in his fire gear in the summer heat. And he had something else on his mind, too. "I was worried we were going to get a call," Vezin said. The proposal was a combined effort of Vezin's co-workers at the Beaufort Fire Department and his fiancee Shannon Harmon's co-workers at the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office. Harmon is a sheriff's technician at the Sheriff's Office.


Glassy Mountain Fire Chief: 10 Boy Scouts Taken To Hospital After Van Crashes

Glassy Mountain Fire Chief Bryan Riebe says 10 Boy Scouts were taken to the hospital after the Ford van they were traveling in overturned late Friday night. According to fire department officials, the accident happened around 10:00 p.m. on Callahan Mountain Road in Greenville.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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