Daily Incident Log - 7/20/2012

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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07/20/2012 -


Retired Durham firefighter's murder a mystery to family

Donald "Donnie" Watson loved racing so much that he raced stock cars for 40 years. In the past 10 years, he was a sponsor of a major driver. He was also a Durham firefighter and captain for more than 33 years before retiring in 1992. That's when he started Biggs and Watson Towing. But to Rocky Watson, he was simply "Dad."



Calls about fire once came to 79-year-olds house in Landis

It's hard to imagine a world without the ability to make a 911 call for emergency help. But early on in Dorsia Atkinson's fire career, he was 911. Atkinson, 79, known to some as Dolf, was a young volunteer firefighter with the Landis Fire Department back when there were only four stations in Rowan County. Dorsia, pronounced "Dorsey," retired a few days ago, a nd reminisced Wednesday with fellow firefighters about the "good ol' days" when emergency calls went to his home.


Greensboro: Firefighters, family reflect on Campus Walk Apartment Fire

The old wounds of a 10-year old tragedy have become new again, now that the woman in prison for setting a fire that killed four people has asked for clemency. Carolyn Llewellyn is the mother of Donna and Rachel Llewellyn, two sisters who died trying to escape the Campus Walk Apartment fire from February 15, 2002. She said their deat hs are still too painful for her to talk about publicly.


Injured Lincolnton firefighter trying to keep positive attitude

About six months ago, Lincolnton firefighter Adam Dancoff started working out, sometimes twice daily. He was already in decent shape, but wanted to step things up a notch. Running, lifting weights, hiking to the top of Crowders Mountain – it all helped him shed 30 to 40 pounds. Family and friends think the exercise made Dancoff, 21, stronger at the ti me he needed it most. On Saturday, he suffered serious spinal injuries after diving into Lake Norman.


Roads reopen after wildfire tears through Croatan Forest

The U.S. Forest Service today reopened all roads in the CroatanNational Forest that were closed as part of the wildfire that began last month. The roads and areas around the Dad Fire, including the Black Swamp OHV area, have been rehabilitated and are now open to the public.



Charleston's station 6 firefighters relocated during asbestos scare

Thursday an abatement crew was suited up at station 6, wearing protective gear. The firefighters had been cleared out after an asbestos scare. "On Wednesday afternoon crews were doing some renovations on Fire Station 6 in the day room. Tile was being removed and they uncovered some dust p articles. Out of abundance of caution, the city and the fire department removed the crew from the station, relocated them to station 15 and closed the station," Charleston Fire Department Public Information Officer Mark Ruppel said.


Coroner: Man dies in Anderson County house fire

The Anderson County coroner said a 72-year-old man was found dead inside a house that was destroyed by fire near Lake Hartwell Friday. Coroner Greg Shore said a Highway Patrol trooper saw smoke and when he went to the home Peninsula Drive, found it fully engulfed and the female homeowner outside with minor injuries, about 11 a.m.


Fripp Island volunteers put new wrinkle in saving lives at sea

They are the old men in the sea. The oldest is 82. The baby is 56. On average they're 70. They have hearing aids, metallic knees and heart stents. Yet they sally forth day or night into the foaming sea. They are the all-volunteer Fripp Island Sea Rescue squad. Last week, they helped save the lives of eight people -- including five children ages 3, 6, 9, 11 and 13. A Georgia family vacationing at Harbor Island went into the ocean in four inflatable rafts. The wind and current quickly pushed them two miles offshore. Everyone survived, thanks to the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District, the Fripp Island Fire Department -- and the old men in the sea.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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