Daily Incident Log – 11/06/2018

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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11/06/2018 -

Longtime Polkville firefighter passes away


Even as his health declined, Charles Wilkie was known to dedicate as many hours as he could to the Polkvillle Volunteer Fire Department. Wilkie, 53, passed away Saturday after spending half of his life serving the Polkville community as a volunteer firefighter. In his 34 years with the department, Wilkie spent more than 10 years as captain and earned the title of Fireman of the Year in 1999 and 2011. "He was as dedicated and prideful in the Polkville Fire Department as anybody," Assistant Fire Chief Todd McMurry said. Family, fellow firefighters and friends gathered in the fire station bay Monday afternoon for a funeral service honoring Wilkie. As the service concluded, firemen carried the casket adorned with flowers and a fire helmet to an antique truck. A bright red fire truck led the procession with the firefighters walking alongside and behind the antique truck down the street to Wilkie's final resting place at the Polkville Baptist Church Cemetery.  



Follow Up: Third person charged out of state in death of Winston-Salem man who was found in burned home


A third person has been charged in connection with the death of a Winston-Salem man. Victor Navarro-Rojas, 22, was arrested Monday in Louisville, Ky., along with Carson Glenn Simmons, the Davidson County Sheriff's Office said. Simmons was wanted in the homicide of Dennis James Vernon, 56, who was found dead Oct. 27 in a mobile home at 353 Normans Lane, which is in Davidson County but has a Winston-Salem address. Officials were called to the address because the home was on fire and found Vernon dead inside. An autopsy revealed he died from an assault, the sheriff's office said. Simmons, 20, was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson and robbery with a dangerous weapon. Navarro-Rojas, of 4303 Newport Road in Louisville, Ky., is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.  



Fire rips through Transylvania County home; 2 firefighters treated for exhaustion

An overnight blaze damaged a home in Transylvania County. It started just before 11:00PM Monday on Piedmont Camp Road in Cedar Mountain. The chief of Connestee Fire and Rescue said when he arrived on scene, the garaged was engulfed and the roof had collapsed. The fire was contained to the second floor of the 3-story, 6,000 square foot structure. The fire chief says two people living in the home were not injured, but at least 2 firefighters suffered exhaustion. Due to the location of the home, ATV's were used to transport equipment and fire personnel to the scene. The cause of the fire remains under instigation, but the fire chief says he believes it started in the garage.  



North Augusta Public Safety officer dedicated to helping others


North Augusta Public Safety Officer Austin Van Gelder said his path to becoming a police officer and firefighter dates back to before he was born. Van Gelder, 23, became a firefighter cadet with the Belvedere fire department at age 14; in 2014, he became a firefighter at North Augusta Public Safety; and in 2017, he became a police officer. "Growing up, my parents always taught me to put others first; and they've always cared about other people more than themselves, and I always did, too," he said. His mom was a paramedic on an ambulance and now works as a wound nurse, and his dad is a firefighter and former police officer. Van Gelder said they were his inspiration and he was bound to fall into his profession. Initially, he said, he wanted to do something in the industrial environment, but realized he didn't really like it, and that he really wanted to help people.  



SUV catches on fire in the middle of St. Andrews Road in Irmo


Irmo Fire District responded to an SUV that caught on fire in the middle of St. Andrews Road earlier tonight. Videos posted to Twitter show flames shooting from the vehicle. The cause of the fire is not unknown at this time. No injuries were reported.  



Firefighters respond to house fire reported in Enoree


Roebuck Fire Department officials have confirmed they are responding to a house fire near Old Hills Bridge Road. The dispatch call came around 5:37 p.m. The fire was through the roof when crews arrived, officials report. No one at the residence was hurt, and everyone was out of the house. No respondents or firefighters are hurt. Two pets of the family, are in unknown condition. They reportedly ran back into the house but have not been found by firefighters yet. Multiple fire departments responded, Trinity Fire Dept., Roebuck, Glen Springs-Pauline, Woodruff, Croft, and Cross Keys out of Union County. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  




Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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