February 26 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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Farfour Named Goldsboro Deputy Fire Chief

The Goldsboro Fire Department names a new deputy chief. James Farfour has been named the new deputy chief for the GFD. Farfour began his career with the local fire department 25 years ago as a firefighter. Goldsboro Fire Chief Joe Dixon says Farfour was selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates. The deputy chief position is a newly-created role that is the first step in the reorganization of the Goldsboro Fire Department. This reorganization of the department's command structure will create a more efficient workflow for administrative tasks and allow flexibility in supplementing field staffing when necessary.  



Wendell woman killed in mobile-home fire

A Wendell woman was killed when fire engulfed her mobile home Monday. A man who lived in the single-wide dwelling managed to escape, the town's fire chief reported. Emergency dispatchers fielded multiple calls at 12:47 p.m. about a house fire in the 3500 block of Broughton Road, said Brian Staples, Wendell's fire chief. Firefighters could see smoke rising in the air as they rushed to the scene, he said. "It was a fully involved fire," Staples said. "The roof had collapsed." Firefighters found the woman in the living room. Staples said the older model home had doors on each side, but he wasn't sure how the man got out. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  


Number of volunteer firefighters dropping locally in Onslow County and nationally

VIDEO: A fire or medical emergency can be one of the worst days of your life. Depending on where you live in Eastern Carolina, that worst day is usually where a volunteer firefighter or EMS individual comes in to help. But it's getting harder to find those willing to volunteer and fill the ranks of rural departments. The number of people doing the job across the United States is declining like never before. NewsChannel 12's Christina Thompson spoke with several volunteers across Onslow County to get a sense of the work they do and how filling those spots is getting tougher.  


Fire likely to shutter Jacksonville business for some time

PHOTO: The cause of a fire in Jacksonville is under investigation after a business caught fire on Lejeune Blvd. The Silkscreen Specialists owner and his dogs were the first ones to smell the smoke coming from Thu-Has Alterations. The two business are located under the same roof but separated by a wall. The Jacksonville Police Department said first responders arrived on scene around 6:20 a.m. Tuesday. Officers said the fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes and no one was injured. Silkscreen Specialists had some smoke damage but the brunt of the destruction lay on the other side of the wall. Heavy smoke damage will likely leave Thu-Has Alterations closed for some time, according to Jacksonville Assistant Fire Chief Shaun Hayes.  


Prosecutors: Suspect in Lake Gaston home invasion, fatal fire threatening witnesses

VIDEO: A man charged in a home invasion and fatal fire in the Lake Gaston area last year has been threatening his co-defendant and others in the case, prosecutors said Monday. Lester Kearney, 34, is charged with murder in the March 9 death of Nancy Alford. He could face the death penalty if convicted when the case goes to trial late this year or early next year. Alford was killed in a fire at her home, following a home invasion in which her husband was beaten and tied up and she was driven to Roanoke Rapids and forced to cash a check at a credit union. Rev. John Alford last year identified Kearney as the knife-wielding man who broke into his home on Mulberry Court in Littleton, attacked him and kidnapped his wife.  



Firefighter injured after crews respond to a house fire in Goose Creek

One firefighter is injured after fire crews responds to a house fire in Goose Creek. A firefighter was taken to the hospital after suffering a leg injury while responding to a house fire on Weeks Avenue. Goose Creek Rural, City of Goose Creek, Joint Base Charleston, Pine Ridge and Caromi fire departments all responded to a house fire at 9:54 a.m. Upon fire crews arrival, they saw smoke showing from all sides of the house and flames were prevalent in the attic. Goose Creek Rural Fire Chief Maibach says the house is potentially a complete loss. It took fire crews about 20-25 minutes to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  


One killed in Murrells Inlet condo fire

VIDEO: One person was killed in a condo fire Tuesday morning in Murrells Inlet, according to Chief Norman Knight with the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District. Crews responded to the blaze in the 5100 block of Highway 17 Business at around 4:20 a.m., Knight said. He added that fire was coming from the back of the building upon arrival. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known. Midway Fire Rescue, Surfside Beach Fire Department and Horry County Fire Rescue assisted.  


Rescue crews carry Lowcountry hiker with broken leg half-mile to ambulance

PHOTO: Rescue crews in Colleton County rescued a woman with a broken leg last weekend who was a half-mile into the woods. A woman was on a nature walk and broke her leg approximately a half-mile into a wooded area in the 5100 block of Sniders Highway last Saturday, according to Colleton County Fire-Rescue Chief Barry McRoy. Family members of the woman called 911 just before 1 p.m. and escorted rescue crews to the woman. Firefighters and paramedics then decided that the woman would have to be carried out of the woods. Three additional units responded to the location and equipment was carried into the woods to assist crews already there.  


Grand Strand firefighters battle five blazes over seven days

Over a seven-day period, firefighters across the Grand Strand have stayed busy, as five destructive blazes have broken out across Horry and Georgetown counties. No injuries have been reported in any of the fires, although they have proven devastating to property. The first fire in this series happened just before 12 a.m. on Feb. 17 at the former Freestyle Music Park, located at 211 George Bishop Parkway. As of Monday morning, the cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Tony Casey, spokesperson for Horry County Fire Rescue. On Friday, over 80 firefighters from three different agencies were dispatched to Ocean Creek Resort in the North Myrtle Beach area after a fire that police said was intentionally started in one unit spread to 20 more.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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