April 10th 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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04/10/2019 -

Durham explosion leaves 1 dead, 15 injured including firefighter, after contractor hit gas line

VIDEO: A gas explosion killed 1 person and injured 15 others in downtown Durham on Wednesday morning. North Carolina Emergency Management activated and deployed a 35-member special task force and search and rescue team. That team is at the explosion scene, and it includes firefighters from Raleigh and Chapel Hill. "I've never seen anything like it before," Robin Jarvi said. "I was sitting at the traffic light...and I smelled heavy, heavy gas. There were people in the building. I saw a business owner put a sign that said 'Business is closed for the day because of a gas leak.' As soon as I went through the traffic light, the whole building exploded." A Durham firefighter was one of the people injured. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. A Dominion Energy employee was also injured in the explosion. Conditions of the other injured people have not been released.  



Traffic reaches standstill after multiple I-40 wrecks in Burke County

Traffic on Interstate 40 in Burke County was brought to a standstill once again Tuesday afternoon after multiple wrecks sent a firefighter to a hospital to be checked out. It all started when a blue SUV merged in front of a logging truck at around 12:35 p.m. near Exit 116, said Trooper K.B. Robinson with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. The logging truck swerved to avoid a collision, but in the process hit the guardrail. No one was injured, but the Burke County Fire Marshal's office said about 60 to 70 gallons of oil was spilled across the interstate, Robinson said. The wrecks didn't end there.  


Person County training exercise boosts insurance efforts

Firefighters from all over Person County and as far away as Tennessee were on hand in Timberlake Saturday to take part in a training exercise that could move area fire departments along in their efforts to achieve lower insurance ratings. The live training involved setting fires in an old, abandoned home adjacent to the Timberlake fire station and giving teams of firefighters the chance to extinguish the fires. Along the way, Timberlake Fire Chief Jason Fletcher said, firefighters learned about the nature of fire, how it spreads, how it reacts to water and ventilation and, most importantly he said, how to communicate with each other when they are battling a real blaze. "This is a team-building exercise. That's the real thing. You've got to communicate with the person in front of you, or behind you. You've got to communicate with command staff on the scene," Fletcher said.  


Dudley Fire Department responds to generator fire

Monday afternoon, members of the Dudley Fire Department were dispatched to a "possible structure fire" on Brogden Street just off of the Old Mount Olive Highway. As firefighters arrived on the scene they found that the fire was a generator that was laying on the ground at the end of a Mobile home. The contractor was working on the home when a generator located in the bed of there work truck caught on fire. Thanks to the quick action of the workers taking a shovel and pulling the burning generator out of the truck, the fire didn't increase in size. It did, however, burn the grass near the mobile home. Firefighters used a booster line to quickly douse the fire. No one was injured, and firefighters remained on the scene for about a half hour.  



Horry County unveils new 911 dispatch technology focused on improving response times

VIDEO: Every second counts during an emergency, and Horry County officials says a new dispatch system will help to maximize every one of those seconds. They unveiled the new system during a news conference on Monday. They said it aims to streamline communication between victims and first responders. The Police Priority Dispatch System, or PPDS for short, will prompt dispatchers on a series of information-gathering questions unique to a variety of emergencies and sharing critical information with first responders in real time. "Because we are asking you those questions, we're able to get better answers out to our field responders, who will know what to expect when they get there" said Renee Hardwick, director of Horry County 911 Communications.  


1 person shot at Orangeburg hospital; suspect in custody

One person was shot at Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg on Wednesday, and one individual is in custody, law enforcement and hospital officials said. Authorities responded to a report of a shooting around 8:45 a.m. in the hospital's emergency department. The person who was shot and injured is in surgery, said Alex Sargeant, a Regional Medical Center spokesperson. An update on the victim's condition was not immediately available. With the exception of the emergency department, the hospital has returned to normal operations after Orangeburg County sheriff's deputies conducted a room-by-room search.  


Driver charged after car crashes into Columbia utility pole

VIDEO: Officials with the Columbia Police Department have closed a portion of River Drive after a vehicle hit a utility pole. The incident, according to CPD, happened on the 3100 block of River Drive. No injuries have been reported from the collision. Crews with SCE&G are currently on the scene working to make repairs. The Columbia Fire Department was also on the scene to assist. River Drive re-opened just before 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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