Daily Incident Log - 7/23/2012

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07/23/2012 -


Lenoir County mobile home fire leaves one man dead

Authorities say a fire in Lenoir County that left one person dead started near a fuse panel and the home had a history of electrical problems. They're still trying to confirm an official cause. Firefighters were called to the mobile home on Ham Street in Kinston at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning and found 74-year-old Richard Fields dead inside.



Woman Killed In House Fire In Rockingham County

Saturday afternoon firefighters responded to a house fire in Rockingham County where one person died. Rockingham County Deputy Fire Marshall Tommy Curry told News 2 that 65-year old Sandy Barker died in the fire that started at her home on S. Fourth Avenue in Mayodan. Barker lived at the home with her husband, but he was not at home when the fire started arou nd 3:30 Saturday afternoon.


Bladenboro moving forward with plans for new fire department

After a "couple of years" of careful planning, research and meetings, the town of Bladenboro has approved a plan for a new firehouse. David Hales, a member of the fire department and the committee overseeing the plans, said the department outgrew the current facility a long time ago. "We've got one pie ce of equipment we currently house in the substation located on Hwy. 131," said Hales.


Kannapolis to use FEMA grant for 16 firefighters

Within weeks, a $1.45 million federal grant will bring 16 new firefighters to the Kannapolis Fire Department, Fire Chief Ernie Hiers said. That's going to make residents safer, and help keep firefighters themselves safe, he said. And it'll also give the city enough manpower to put the department's new ladder truck, purchased in 2009, to full use.


Firefighters prepare for inaugural Carolina Brotherhood Ride

Members of several fire departments from the Carolinas and Florida are packing up Sunday and heading to Wilmington to begin the first ever Carolina Brotherhood Ride. The 30 firefighters participating are bicycling from Wilmington to Asheville, in honor of fallen Firefighter Capt. Jeff Bowen, who died while working a fire with the As heville Fire Department in 2011.



Anderson County: One dead, one injured in Deer Run house fire

A 72-year-old Anderson County man died Friday when he went back into a burning house to find a fire extinguisher. An autopsy conducted Friday afternoon found that Charles Foehrenbach died of smoke inhalation, Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said. Firefighters found Foehrenbach's b ody inside the charred remains of a home at 347 Peninsula Drive. The home, which tax records show had a market value of $219,000, is in the Deer Run subdivision off S.C. 187.


Port Royal fire station door damaged in accident

The downtown Port Royal Fire Station suffered a bit of a "boo-boo" this week, and the scars remained through Friday as officials prepared to repair a broken garage door. At about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a fire engine and smaller response squad truck were leaving the Paris Avenue station. The fire engine exited the garage, and the driver attempted to close the door using a remote, Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Chief Sammy Negron said. The driver pushed the wrong button.


One injured in Darlington house fire

One person has been transported by helicopter after suffering injuries in a house fire Saturday afternoon. Darlington firefighters responded around 5 p.m. to a report of a fire at 2512 Green Street Road, just off Lamar Highway outside Darlington. The fire was under control in about 15 minutes, according to personnel at the scene, but the home suffered heavy damage.


Firebomb suspect commits suicide at Richland County jail

A 25-year-old inmate of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center committed suicide Friday, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Saturday. Joshua L. Sullivan was in a cell by himself at the time of his death, Watts said. A guard making routine rounds on Friday found Sullivan hanging in his cell, Watts said. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. An autopsy ind icated Sullivan died from "asphyxiation due to hanging."


Stores Reopen Following Ceiling Collapse At Charlotte Mall

Several stores and restaurants have reopened after a popular Charlotte mall was evacuated and "closed indefinitely" on Friday after a section of the roof collapsed, causing the mall to flood. Safety officers, inspectors, and engineers from the Charlotte Fire Department worked through the night and again on Saturday to inspect each store to make s ure their fire alarms and sprinkler systems are working before stores can reopen. Most "anchor" stores were able to reopen Saturday morning.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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