March 4 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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Massive hotel fire sends flames 40 feet in the air at Oak Island, witnesses say

The Ocean Crest Motel on Oak Island caught fire Sunday night, and the flames were intense enough to shoot up to 40 feet high, a witness told TV station WECT. The motel had about two dozen guests at the time, but none were in the part of the motel that burned, the station reported. Fourteen different fire departments, off duty personnel and volunteers were called to help put out the fire, the Oak Island Fire Department said in a Facebook post. In all, 60 firefighters and 25 fire trucks and other fire department equipment responded, reported the Wilmington Star News.  



Family lucky to escape early morning house fire in Transylvania County

A family of five escaped a house fire early Monday morning in Transylvania County. Officials tell News 13, the fire happened in the 2800 block of Connestee Trail. The fire chief says the family is lucky to be alive because there was no working smoke detector in the house and they were all asleep. Chief Matthew Chase Owen says a child woke up and alerted the family to get out. The chief says the cause is believed to electrical. One woman was taken to the hospital as a precaution.  


Man charged with kidnapping, attempted murder after breaking into Claremont home, setting it on fire

A Claremont couple escaped their home through a window after a neighbor broke into the home and set it on fire Sunday morning. Eric Michael Deal, 38, of 4853 Rock Barn Road, is charged with two felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, two felony counts of first-degree kidnapping and one felony count each of first-degree burglary and first-degree arson, according to a press release from the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. An involuntary commitment order was issued for Deal by a Catawba County magistrate on March 2, the release states. "Yesterday evening, the subject involved in this, Eric Deal, had a confrontation with his father, which resulted in the father taking out an involuntary commitment order on Mr. Deal," said Lt. Aaron Turk with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. "Mr. Deal fled into a wooded area behind his house and was not located last night by law enforcement."  


New fire rating means New Bern businesses and homeowners may see savings

Businesses and homeowners could see a reduction in their property insurance after a recent state inspection and audit of New Bern Fire-Rescue. The inspection and audit were performed by the NC Department of Insurance, and resulted in a Class 2 rating for our community. Previously, New Bern was listed as a Class 3 community. This routine inspection is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). The inspection evaluates communities on nationally recognized standards including emergency communications, needed fire flows, water supply, community risk reduction, and the equipment, staffing, training and operation of the fire department. A fire district's rating can range from 1 to 10 with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst.  


Portable toilet set up after overturned tractor trailer shuts down stretch of I-85 for hours

The North Carolina Department of Transportation said a stretch of Interstate 85 northbound in Rowan County was closed for more than eight hours Sunday, forcing crews to set up a portable toilet for frustrated drivers. Troopers said a Harris Teeter semitrailer loaded with groceries overturned around 3 a.m. after swerving to avoid a disabled vehicle near exit 68. Officials said the road was closed for so long because crews had to unload the truck before moving it out of the roadway.  




Six trash trucks caught on fire in Orangeburg County

The Orangeburg county fire district responded to reports of six Orangeburg County waste management trucks on fire. When crews arrived, they found six trash trucks engulfed in flames, according to Mark Thompson, fire marshall for Orangeburg County Fire District. After the first truck when into flames, Thompson says they believe the heat intensified and spread to the other five trucks over the span of four hours. There still is no word on what caused the original fire. Foul play has been ruled out and no one was injured during the incident. The investigation is still ongoing.  


City of Newberry: Firefighters respond to large gas leak, businesses evacuated

The City of Newberry says firefighters are responding to a large gas leak Friday evening. The city's official Twitter account tweeted around 9:30 p.m. that the leak was found on a stretch of Main Street, between Wilson Road and Heritage Drive. Businesses in the area have been evacuated. As of writing, the city says Clinton Newberry Natural Gas is on scene as well, and says Newberry PD, Newberry Rescue Squad, Newberry County Hazmat, and Friendly FD are all responding. The aforementioned section of Main Street will remain closed for an unspecified amount of time.  


Comrades honor former Horry County firefighter killed in the line of duty

Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue is honoring a former Horry County firefighter Saturday after the Captain was killed during 4-alarm fire in Maine. Fire Capt. Joel Barnes succumbed to his injuries Friday according to WLTX, after fighting a four-alarm fire at an apartment building in Berwick. "Joel died a hero as he ran towards danger - putting his own safety aside - so that the lives of others may be saved," read a post from the Berwick Police Department. MBFR honored the former SC firefighter by assigning him to a post for one final ride. Fire Departments from Maine and South Carolina took to social media to express their sympathies and laud Barnes as a hero.  


Charleston and North Charleston firefighters respond to house fire near Mother Emanuel AME Church

Fire crews from Charleston and North Charleston departments responded to an early-morning fire Sunday at a vacant house. Charleston County EMS, and Charleston PD also responded to the scene of reported smoke and flames venting from the two-story home on Henrietta Street behind Mother Emanuel AME Church. Firefighters quickly searched the building for anyone inside, according to Charleston Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh. The fire progressed to the second floor and into the attic which made the smoke vent through the roof. The fire was brought under control with no one injured and with most of the damage limited to the second floor of the home.  


Monetta Community Volunteer Fire Department holds ribbon-cutting to open new fire station

The Monetta Community Volunteer Fire Department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house Saturday morning to celebrate their new fire station located on Wire Road. Monetta Fire Chief Nathan Shuler cut the blue ribbon Saturday, along with S.C. House Rep. Bill Taylor, Aiken County Councilwoman Kathy Rawls and several others. The ceremony marked the grand opening of Station 3 in Monetta at 3015 Wire Road, which was built by the volunteer firefighters themselves, Shuler said. "The people out here in Monetta we're more than 5 miles to a fire station, which increased their insurance," Shuler said. "The Insurance Service Office requires us to have a fire station within 5 miles of any house in the area, but Monetta is 65 square miles. We finally decided we needed to put one out here to fulfill that requirement for our residents."  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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