February 4th 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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$300K damage to south Charlotte home after fire intentionally set, officials say

The Charlotte Fire Department said a two-alarm fire that caused devastating damage to a south Charlotte home was set intentionally. Forty-five firefighters battled the massive blaze on Newberry Park Lane around 7 p.m. Saturday. Investigators said the fire was set on purpose by someone who threw a device at the home, causing flames to spark. Officials said when they arrived on the scene, heavy flames were engulfing the home and the fire took about 45 minutes to contain. "This a very small neighborhood, only 58 homes here, so we came outside to see what was going on," said Glenn Ostle, who lives nearby.  



Asheville firefighters honor colleague who lost battle to cancer

Another Asheville firefighter taken too soon from cancer. "This isn't supposed to happen to someone like Karen," said Scott Mullins, president of Asheville Firefighter Association. "She took great care of her body. She ate the right foods. Karen did everything the right way, and we still lost her." Karen Shuart, often known as "Skippy" by her friends and colleagues, fought long and hard for almost a year battling occupational cancer. It's a cancer caused from exposure to carcinogens. "I 100 percent feel like it was related to the job," Mullins said. Mullins said it's sad having to watch another one of his colleagues lose his or her life to cancer.  


Cause sought after fire reported at Wake Forest nursing home/rehab center

Investigators were working to determine the cause of a fire that broke out early Monday at a Wake Forest nursing home and rehabilitation center, leaving three people hurt and forcing nearly a dozen residents out of their rooms. The Wake Forest Fire Department responded to the Hillside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located at 968 Wait Ave., around 7 a.m. Crews were still at the scene five hours later as they investigated the blaze. When firefighters arrived, they found a small fire burning inside a resident's rooms. One victim was rushed for medical treatment to a burn center operated by UNC Health Care and two others were hospitalized for treatment for smoke inhalation. Information about their conditions was pending.  


Garage full of antique, hot rod cars goes up in flames in Rowan County fire

A garage full of antique and hot rod cars went up in flames Sunday afternoon in Rowan County. WSOC reported that fire officials responded to a three-alarm fire just after 2 p.m. in the 800 block of Yost Road. Fire officials were able to get 14 of the cars out of the garage with minor damage. The fire burned half of the roof of the garage, which collapsed on three cars. Investigators said a man was staying in a camper parked next to the garage when the camper caught fire and the flames spread to the garage. Fourteen fire departments helped control the fire. Officials said the fire is still under investigation. There were no injuries, but the camper is a total loss.  


Climber rescued after falling more than 100 feet from Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest

Authorities in North Carolina say a climber injured in a fall of more than 100 feet and another person were rescued from Looking Glass Rock in Pisgah National Forest. Multiple media outlets report the two were airlifted late Saturday to Mission Hospital in Asheville. The Transylvania County Rescue Squad said on its Facebook page that its members responded around 5 p.m. Saturday to a report of one fallen climber and another potentially stuck on the rock. Authorities said the climber took more of a "tumbling fall" than a free fall. The person on the side of the rock was able to get to the base safely. Looking Glass Rock is about 5 miles northwest of Brevard and reaches an elevation of almost 4,000 feet  



Homeland Park Fire Dept. will take out $400,000 loan for new fire station

The Homeland Park Fire Department's new fire station will be funded with a $400,000 loan, according to documents produced in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The new station is expected to cost about $800,000. In October, Station 3 officials said they had raised $250,000 over an eight-year period to begin the project. However, David Rodgers, the station's chairman, explained that about $200,000 had already been invested into the project at the time of the groundbreaking ceremony. Aside from their annual operating budget, Rodgers said all the station's money comes from fundraising in the community through things such as solicitation letters, boot drives where they ask for donations with firefighter boots at street intersections or their annual Independence Day fireworks event. Rodgers said the loan is loan has a 20-year maturation term and has an interest rate of less than 5 percent.  


'It was brutal with employees': Greenwood EMS improves pay, reduces hours

Emergency medical services has, historically, been a young man's game. "It was brutal with employees," Derek Kinney, Greenwood County EMS director, said. "There's no way I could do it today." But recent changes to pay and scheduling, Kinney hopes, will make Greenwood a more attractive place for emergency medical technicians and paramedics to work, alleviating a shortage that, he insists, has not affected service – yet. "There's a health care shortage all the way around," said Steven McDade, the manager of Piedmont Technical College's healthcare program. Doctors and nurses are also in short supply. For the first time, however, we will know just how bad the problem is for South Carolina's EMS departments.  


Berea firefighters: Trailer home engulfed in flames, crews investigating cause

A trailer home in Berea went up in flames late Friday evening, and crews are now working to determine what started the fire. Capt. Tim Williams with Berea FD told FOX Carolina the call came in around 10:30 p.m. for a structure fire off of Hunts Bridge Road. When they arrived on scene, Williams says the home was engulfed in heavy smoke and flames, promoting crews from both Berea and Duncan Chapel to attack immediately. As of writing, the cause remains under investigation, but Williams reminds residents to know what your heat sources are and how to maintain them. About 18 personnel tackled the fire according to Williams. Crews arrived on scene within 3 minutes and had the blaze under control within 45 minutes. Saturday, the American Red Cross announced they are assisting three adults who were displaced by the flames.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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