January 31st 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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Firefighters Battle Large Warehouse Fire in Lexington

Davidson County 911 says firefighters battled a large warehouse fire in Lexington Wednesday night. The fire started around 5 p.m. at 202 Prospect Street, which is in an industrial area just off of South Main Street, near the hospital. Around seven departments were at the scene. It's not immediately clear if freezing temperatures played a role in putting out the fire. Davidson County 911 says no one was hurt and no surrounding homes or businesses were damaged. The Salisbury Fire Department helped put out the fire and tweeted out photos of the damage.  



1 injured in Holly Springs house fire

One man was injured after a Holly Springs house caught fire Thursday morning. Two men were in the house, on Reef Court near Holly Springs and Sunset Lake roads, and when the fire broke out. The injured man was taken to the UNC Health Care burn center in Chapel Hill. The other man escaped without injuries. A smoke detector alerted them to the fire. Holly Springs Fire Chief LeRoy Smith said the fire was contained within 30 minutes. Sky 5 footage showed the house's roof was severely burned, and part of it had caved in.  


One taken to hospital, couple displaced after apartment fire in High Point

One person was taken to the hospital after a fire sparked at an apartment complex in High Point. At about 4:26 a.m., fire crews responded to a reported fire at an apartment building at 117 Oakwood St., according to Fire Marshal Chris Weir. The first firetruck arrived on scene within two minutes. The building had been evacuated, and one person was taken to the hospital for what the fire marshal described as a minor injury from smoke inhalation. A couple at the scene said they were displaced with nowhere to go. The fire was contained to one room in an apartment . A bus was called into the scene to shelter people from the cold while they waited to return inside.  


New Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue building named for longtime chief Butch Meares

About 200 people watched Saturday while great-grandchildren of the late E.D. "Butch" Meares Jr. uncoupled a fire hose in lieu of a ribbon-cutting to dedicate Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue's new headquarters to the memory of Meares, who died in 2011 after years of service as chief, and to celebrate the fire department's 75th anniversary. Dan Gerlach, head of the Golden LEAF Foundation, which provided major funding for the project, and Fire and Rescue Chief Travis Causey assisted the children in uncoupling the hose. The new firehouse at 152 Main Street replaces the group's previous headquarters on Railroad Street that was destroyed in flooding after Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Since Hurricane Matthew, the department has operated out of temporary quarters in the Fair Bluff National Guard Armory.  


Injured woman pulled from Fayetteville house fire

Firefighters pulled an injured woman from a house fire on Dillon Drive Thursday morning, officials said. A call reporting a residential fire was reported around 9:20 a.m. with crews from the Fayetteville and Cumberland Road fire departments responding. Upon arrival at the home on Dillion Drive, smoke was reported to be coming from the home. Firefighters made an "aggressive interior search" and found a female inside the home, officials said. She was pulled from the home and given medical care at the scene before being transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for further treatment. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The victims will be displaced and Red Cross assistance will be offered.  


Hendersonville Fire Department names Victoria Cortes as training and logistics officer

The Hendersonville Fire Department has announced the promotion of Victoria Cortes to the position of training and logistics officer. This position was recently created to coordinate and manage the increasing training and logistical needs of a professional fire department in a growing community, officials said Wednesday. "The addition of a training and logistics officer fills a great need within our fire department and assists us in delivering the level of professional service the citizens of Hendersonville have come to expect from us," Hendersonville Fire Chief Joseph Vindigni said in a news release. "Capt. Cortes brings with her a unique blend of educational, logistical and administrative experience that will serve her well in this multifaceted role."  



Mount Pleasant house fire kills dog, sends resident to medical facility

Four fire engines, one ladder, one squad and two battalion chiefs from the Mount Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) were dispatched by Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch to Kent Street on Wednesday at 4:53 a.m. MPFD arrived to a fully involved home at 4:59 a.m., according to Fire Chief Mike Mixon. Two vehicles in the driveway were also threatened by fire upon arrival. The fire was under control by 5:21 a.m. There were no firefighter injuries. One resident self-transported in a personal vehicle to a local medical facility to be assessed. One dog was able to exit safely and one dog was found deceased, according to Mixon. The fire is currently under investigation and Red Cross is currently providing assistance to the residents. Charleston County EMS and SCE&G also provided assistance at the scene. One another adult also lives in the home, but was uninjured, according to MPFD.  


Deputies charge man with arson after hay bales were set on fire in Cherokee County

The Cherokee County sheriff said a man was arrested and charged with arson third degree after a witness told deputies he set hay bales on fire Wednesday. Sheriff Steve Mueller said deputies received the call around 10 a.m. that a man had set fire to the hay bales near Dillon Street and Horse Creek Road and then walked off. The witness stayed on the phone until deputies arrived and made contact with the suspect. Mueller identified the suspect as Darren Christopher Fowler, 37, of McArthur Avenue in Chesnee. Mueller said his office will be notifying investigators in Spartanburg County and the city of Chesnee to determine in Fowler is connected to a series of arson cases in those areas.  


Parker District: Firefighter rallies community together to help woman who lost house in fire

Firefighters in a South Carolina community are proving their job isn't just about putting out fires - it's about helping others. "I appreciate what they [are] doing for me," Gay Booker said. "I did not think, or know, that there was anybody left in the world that cared anything about me." Miss Gay's mobile was consumed by flames, leaving her without protection in the cold. It wasn't until Capt. Shane Walton noticed Miss Gay wandering around and learned she had nowhere to go. "She told me, she said that ever since she got burned out, she didn't have a place to stay," Capt. Walton, Parker District Fire Department said. So, a group of firefighters put out the word for help - and posted a picture on Facebook. And help arrived. "I had people call me from out of state, overseas. From Florida, Georgia, North Carolina," Capt. Walton said. "When people see Miss Gay, they literally fell in love with her," Q L Ellison, 96.3 The Block radio said. "The messages started to ring out like crazy between my Facebook page ... Shane's Facebook page."  


Charelston: Firefighters respond to fire at a Lowcountry storage building

Fire crews responded to a fire at a lowcountry storage building on Thursday morning that left one person displaced. North Charleston Fire Department, Charleston Fire Department and St, Andrews Fire Department responded to a fire on Macon Avenue around 10 a.m., according to North Charleston's fire and life safety educator, Laura Kondor. Kondor also says that one person is displaced as result of the fire but no one is injured. The fire started on a car but spread to a trailer and a shed, firefighters say.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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