February 14th 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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Several units destroyed in apartment complex fire in Southwest Raleigh

The Raleigh Fire Department confirmed no injuries were sustained after a Southwest Raleigh apartment complex went up in flames Wednesday afternoon, sending large billows of smoke and flames into the air. According to Raleigh FD, the cause of the fire was accidental. However, fire officials 16 units were destroyed and the roof is completely gone for much of the building. The fire started around 2:30 p.m. at Enclave at Crossroads Apartments, which is located off Crossroads Arbor Way. A Red Cross volunteer at the scene said some of the units that caught fire had pets inside. At least some of those pets were evacuated, treated for smoke inhalation, and given back to their families.  



Dramatic video shows firefighters entering burning Stony Point home

A firefighter's helmet camera captured dramatic video as they went inside a burning home in Stony Point Tuesday. Jacob Abernathy, a volunteer firefighter at Stony Point Fire Department, said he and other firefighters went in just in case someone was trapped. The home, it turned out, had been vacant for some time. Still, officials say the risk the firefighters took is one they take on many calls. Abernathy had a camera attached to the side of his helmet and it shows roaring flames as he entered the building as well as wires and other debris hanging down from the ceiling as he went room to room. Officials say it is what the firefighters are trained to do. In this case, though, the fire may have been intentionally set. During the subsequent investigation an arson dog alerted to several locations and officials say that may indicate that flammable liquids may have been used. Samples are being sent to the state lab.  


First African American Hendersonville firefighter continues serving the community

For more than 38 years, Terry Martin has been serving the citizens of Hendersonville with perseverance, dedication and pride. Terry Martin grew up in East Flat Rock attending Flat Rock Elementary and Junior High and graduating from East Henderson High School. After graduation, he joined the Army National Guard and entered the workforce. Although you wouldn't know it now, Terry says he never had aspirations of fighting fire. "I never considered being a firefighter," says Terry. "I would see the Blue Ridge trucks come thru when I was a kid, but I never even thought about it." Terry started working with the City of Hendersonville Public Works Department in 1981. His duties included sanitation, parks maintenance, street improvements and a variety of other jobs. Although he didn't know it, Terry was to be recruited by the fire department in 1985.  


New Bern man charged with burning body of man who was killed

Two arrests have been made in connection to a burned body found in New Bern late Monday night, according to Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes. Hughes said deputies arrested 21-year-old Peter Schocker Tuesday night and charged him with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder. Via video, Schocker made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. The second suspect, identified as 23-year-old Norris D. Rochelle Jr., was picked up in Forsyth County and charged with murder. Sheriff Chip Hughes said the murder happened in Rural Hall, which is located in Forsyth County about 10 miles north of Winston-Salem. Officials in Forsyth County said they were investigating a case of a missing person identified as Nicholas Williams, 40, of Rural Hall.  


Wilson fire officials roll out new response trucks

Wilson Fire/Rescue Services has two nearly new vehicles that will be used as mobile command centers for fire officials responding to incidents around the city. Deputy Chief Ben Smith said the safety and training captains assigned to each shift were driving Dodges that had previously been decommissioned and used as reserve vehicles prior to the creation of the new rank. "It was an old, tired reserve vehicle we had and this new truck will replace that," Smith said. "That vehicle will be repurposed back to a maintenance vehicle because it has had quite a bit of emergency response demand on it. With more daily driving, we can stretch it to a longer life and get more out of it." The captains' vehicle is a 2017 Ford F250 that was previously used by the department's fourth deputy chief, but under the new use, it received a fresh look. The department also bought a 2018 Ford F250 for $31,082 that received similar markings and will be used by the battalion commanders.  



Horry County firefighters blaze their own trail to put out burning equipment

Horry County firefighters had to make their own trail after being called to a fire Wednesday in Galivants Ferry, according to the department. It took nearly six hours to get the flames under control. When first responding about 9:20 a.m. to a field off Dog Bluff Road, crews were nearly half a mile away from the blaze that was in the woods, said Tony Casey, Horry County Fire Rescue spokesman. Responders worked with a logging company, and workers cut an access road to get to the fire. Firefighters used a combination of foam and about 200 gallons of water to extinguish a piece of logging equipment.  


'He was the perfect dog'; Northwest Fire Department in Greenwood loses its station dog

In the nine years since Chez Gosnell found Chief as a puppy wandering the streets of the Harris Mill Village, the dog grew to become the iconic station dog of the Northwest Fire Department and a beloved part of Gosnell's family. On Tuesday morning, when thick fog reduced visibility, Chief was struck by a car and died of his injuries. "He was a part of everybody's family, not just me and Emily's, but the community and definitely the fire station," Gosnell said. "Chief was the kind of dog everybody wanted." Gosnell said he found Chief as a puppy while he was attending Lander University. Chief helped him through sleepless nights cramming for exams and went on to provide equally excellent company for the firefighters at the Northwest station when they drove to calls. He assumed the happy-go-lucky pup was a Chow Chow-retriever mix — no matter what, the dog always kept a calm and loving attitude. The firefighters trusted Chief to be around children whenever they gave presentations at schools, and Gosnell said curious children would often ask if Chief was the station's official fire dog.  


Reward Reaps Instant Benefits For Hurricane Florence Hero

Another night in the face of fire is all in the day's work for firefighter, Travis Emerson, and his brothers. No matter how many lives a firefighter like Emerson saves, he says nothing prepares you for saving your own family. State Farm Insurance and the surveillance company, Canary, honored Emerson and other first responders in January for their work during Hurricane Florence. Each was given a security system as a reward. On February 1st around 10:00 PM, while his two kids were sleeping and his wife resting, Emerson received an alert that someone was at his back door. Reporter, Matt Powers, spoke with Emerson about what happened that night.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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