Cornelius firefighters request raise
Cornelius has one of the highest average household incomes in the state and continues to grow, but the city's firefighters are only earning $13 an hour. Cornelius Fire Department staff told Channel 9 that they are underpaid and understaffed. Deputy Chief Guerry Barbee has asked commissioners for a $2 raise and four new positions. He said last year, the department responded to nearly 3,000 calls for service. With such a shortage of firefighters, the amount of calls stretches the force thin. "Thiry percent of the time we had a call, we had a separate call at the same time. So, when you only have two trucks and you have two calls, obviously that leaves a town of 30,000 people unprotected," Barbee said. Cornelius Commissioner Mike Miltich said the city is looking for areas where they can cut costs, so they can put more money into the fire department.
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Man arrested after house catches fire during alleged domestic assault in Burke County
A man was arrested after a house caught on fire during a domestic assault in Burke County Thursday. According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 2200 block of Watts Street in Morganton regarding a structure fire and domestic disturbance. The caller advised 911 that a woman was being assaulted by 42-year-old Joshua Silvers and that the woman had allegedly set their house on fire by starting a fire in the bedroom. Silvers and the woman reportedly continued to argue inside the residence and refused to leave the home. When deputies arrived on the scene, both people were removed from the burning house and Silvers was detained. Silvers reportedly told deputies that he was bleeding from a head wound but he refused treatment.
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Fire near Morganton may have been set intentionally by resident
Investigators are looking into the possibility that a Thursday morning fire on Watts Street east of Morganton may have been set intentionally by someone living in the home. Firefighters from three different departments arrived to find flames pouring from a bedroom window. The Drexel police chief said he had to yell at the arguing couple inside the home to come out. Now, the man and woman are blaming each other for starting the blaze. Josh Silvers' girlfriend was taken to the hospital with injuries, but he said she set the home on fire during an argument. "Apparently, I've, um, had a better sex life than Gene Simmons and Magic Johnson combined," he said. Investigators are trying to figure out who started the fire.
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Fire Chief: Victim found dead after residential fire in Greenwood
On Thursday afternoon a residential fire was reported in Greenwood on Manning Road. According to the Greenwood Co. Fire Department the fire was contained once they arrived at the scene. Fire Chief Terry Strange said there were unconfirmed reports of a victim inside of the burning residence. Upon arrival, they found one victim dead inside of the residence while extinguishing the house, said Strange. The victim was later identified as 76-year-old Elaine Marie Pepper by the Greenwood Co. Coroner's Office. Investigators are still working on the case, per deputies.
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Tree falls on house, car on Lynwood Drive in Spartanburg Co.
Multiple fire department crews responded to a home in Spartanburg County after a tree fell on a house and car during Thursday's storm. According to Roebuck Fire Department's Facebook page, no one was injured when the tree fell on the home on Lynwood Drive. The American Red Cross is assisting the residents. Croft Fire Department crews were the responding agency. Roebuck Fire District crews assisted Croft firefighters.
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Pickens County firefighters raising funds for safety house
If you're a golfer, the Pickens County Fire Chiefs Association would like you to play in their fundraiser tournament May 16. Funds will benefit the Safety House that provides fire demonstrations and safety procedure demonstrations at schools and churches across the Carolinas. This is the 23rd annual Pickens County Fire Chiefs Association Golf Tournament. Proceeds will be used for the maintenance and insurance and gas for the safety house. This ensures that groups don't have to pay when they request the safety house. Funds also supports public education programs and a portion of the money will be donated to the American Red Cross The Pickens County Fire Chiefs Association is currently looking for whole sponsors and prize donations. The event will be held at the Rolling Green Golf Course which has 27 holes.
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