March 20 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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Firefighters in North Carolina fighting for better health protections

VIDEO: Firefighters in North Carolina are fighting for better health protections. North Carolina is one of only five states that does not have workers compensation coverage for firefighters with cancer. Dave Coker, the president of the Professional Firefighters of Greensboro, says a bill being introduced this month is working to change that narrative. "When you think of firefighters dying in the line of duty, you know it's like this dramatic backdraft moment, but that is not what our reality is. Our reality is that last year 70 percent of firefighters who died in the line of duty died from cancer," Coker said.  



Tar Heel fire district seeks tax increases to fund personnel

Representatives from the Tar Heel Fire District approached county commissioners Monday, requesting a tax increase to fund needed daytime coverage by the Fire Department. Eddie Knight told commissioners the community had met and was supportive of the proposal to increase the fire tax from .065 cents per $100 valuation to 0.1. Knight said it would give an increase of 3.5 cents per $100 value in additional revenues. "What that means, if you have a $100,000 tax liability, they'll go up $35," he said. He said the district has discussed the proposal to varying degrees two to three years. "Daytime calls are putting a lot of stress on our volunteers," Knight said.  



New Kinston firefighters sworn in, veterans promoted

Kinston Fire and Rescue grew in strength Wednesday evening as 11 new firefighters were officially sworn in by Mayor Don Hardy. But before they were sworn in, two firefighter driver operators of fire engines, Ronald Fritter and Antwan Hardy, were promoted to the rank of fire control specialist II; and four personnel were promoted to captain: David Young, Jeremy Pearson, Tyler Foyles and Jason Lee. Earnest Davis, who has been with the Kinston Fire Department for nearly 30 years, was promoted to deputy chief. Kinston Fire Chief Damien Locklear said Davis rose through the ranks quickly with due diligence and was instrumental in the training and safety of the department and reporting methods. He was promoted to the administration commander when the Department of Public Safety reorganized back to the police department and fire department.  



High School students shadow Greenville firefighters as part of Grow Local campaign

Some high school students will get the chance to see what it takes to be a firefighter Thursday. As part of the Greenville-Pitt Chamber of Commerce's Grow Local campaign, 25 students from D.H. Conley High School in Greenville will get the chance to shadow first responders. Students will be paired with Greenville Fire/Rescue crews for the day to gain an understanding of the responsibilities of the job. They'll start with a tour of the station on East Tenth Street, then complete a physical fitness test and learn how to use everyday emergency medical equipment. The Grow Local campaign kicked off this week and focuses on growing the economy locally by showing middle and high school stude


Man breaks into Una fire station, prepares meal

A man broke into the Una Fire Station this week and prepared a meal, costing the department about $350 in damage. Una Fire Chief Jeff Hadden said the suspect broke the station's front glass door and entered the station. All of the doors to offices were locked inside. Hadden said the suspect was captured on surveillance cameras walking through the halls before entering the kitchen area. The suspect was described as a man wearing a hooded jacket with his face covered. He was carrying a flashlight and walked with a limp, and he appeared to have a brace on his foot. While in the kitchen, the man prepared a meal and stayed inside the station for nearly an hour.  



Firefighters investigate house fire in Horry County

A house fire in the Longs area of Horry County is under investigation. Horry County Fire Rescue crews were called around 10:30 Wednesday night to a house fire on Freemont Road and Pine Needle Drive, according to HCFR spokesman Tony Casey. Firefighters were able to get it under control in less than an hour and there were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation. At approximately 10:35 p.m., HCFR crews responded to Pine Needle Drive/Freemont Road for a single-family dwelling structure fire. In less than an hour, the fire was taken under control with no reported injuries at this time. This fire's cause is still being investigated.  



Families displaced after North Charleston fire damages two mobile homes

VIDEO: Two families have been displaced after a fire in North Charleston damaged two mobile homes Wednesday afternoon. The fire was on the 7000 block of Stall Road where witnesses reported seeing heavy smoke from homes that were on fire. North Charleston, Charleston, and St. Andrews fire departments responded at 2:57 p.m. "Units arrived on scene and found two mobile homes on fire," NCFD officials said."Firefighters made entry in to the homes and extinguished the fires." The Red Cross is assisting two families who were displaced because of the damage. No injuries were reported.  



Spartanburg: Tindall moves displaced workers to new building after fire

Nearly two months after a fire destroyed some offices at Tindall Corp.'s headquarters in Spartanburg, the company has found a new building to house its corporate engineering department. "Their offices were destroyed — computers and everything," said David Britt, Tindall's vice president and general manager of its South Carolina Division at 2273 Hayne St., Spartanburg. Tindall bought a vacant 10,000-square-foot office building at 1320 Howell Road in Duncan for $1.5 million. Tindall was represented by Ben Hines of Spencer/Hines Properties. The seller, Naval Yards, was represented by Garrett Scott, John Montgomery, Brockton Hall and Ralph Settle of Colliers International in Spartanburg. "Colliers International was able to successfully negotiate the sale of our client's office space in Spartanburg to Tindall Corporation in less than 30 days," Montgomery said in a statement. "This new location provides an additional 8,000 square feet of space with excellent access to Interstate 85 less than one mile away."  


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