April 16th 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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Fire in Elizabethtown destroys home, kills family pet

PHOTO: A family pet died in a fire that destroyed a house in Elizabethtown on Monday afternoon. According to Bladen County Fire Marshall Kenneth Clark, the house at 305 Woodland Drive was destroyed. The family was not home and nobody was injured but the family's dog was killed. Clark said around 4:30 p.m. the fire was out. It took crews from the Elizabethtown Fire Department and six other stations about an hour to extinguish the fire because of gusty winds. The cause of the fire is unknown but an investigation is ongoing.  



Possible gas leak investigated at Florence Elementary in High Point

VIDEO: A possible gas leak was reported at Florence Elementary Tuesday morning. A seal for a gas pipe on an HVAC unit on the roof malfunctioned, according to fire officials. There was a faint odor of gas inside, but most of the odor was outside. The unit was shut down. Firefighters checked gas levels and no gas was detected inside the school. Students were routed to a nearby site and are returning to school. The school sent the following message to parents: "Good morning, Florence Elementary families. This is Chiyanna Young with an important message. Earlier this morning the fire department was on site investigating the smell of gas. All students and staff were safely off campus during this process. We have now been advised that the building is safe and we can return to school to begin our day. If you brought your child home, please return them to school as soon as possible. Thank you and have a great day."  


Pontoon boat partially hangs off Turner Shoals Dam in Polk County

VIDEO: Emergency crews in Polk County are working to move a pontoon boat that is partially hanging off the Turner Shoals Dam. Officials said the boat became lodged in the area -- located on Lake Adger -- after Sunday's severe weather. Due to current lake levels and wind, teams with Polk County Emergency Management/Fire Marshal are unable to remove the boat. Once water levels recede and winds diminish, the vessel will be moved. Officials said no one is on board and there is no immediate threat to life. They planned to reevaluate the situation sometimes Tuesday.  



$3M in damages due to suspicious fire at Harbison Blvd. Walmart, Columbia fire chief says

VIDEO: The Columbia Fire Department and the Columbia Police Department are investigating a suspicious fire that happened Tuesday morning at Walmart on Harbison Boulevard. Crews were called to the store around 3:30 a.m. and worked quickly to put out the fire. However, officials said the store suffered a heavy amount of damage from the flames and the smoke inside. "The fire is out, but this is a pretty big store," said Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins. "We're working on getting all of the smoke out of there." Authorities believe the fire began in the food area of the store. Jenkins also pointed out there were 20 to 25 employees and a few customers in the store at the time of the fire, but there were no injuries reported from the incident.  


National Weather Service confirms EF1 tornado in Simpsonville; storm damage cleanup may take up to a month

The National Weather Service on Monday confirmed an EF1 tornado had struck in Simpsonville and city officials said Monday it could take up to a month to complete clean-up efforts after Sunday night's storms battered the city. The National Weather Service said survey crews found damage that indicated a tornado occurred in the area. Crews surveyed the damage on Monday. The NWS said the tornado had peak wind speeds of 100 mph, which is consistent with an EF1. Around 800 Simpsonville residents remained without power Monday afternoon after Sunday evening's storms caused falling trees and limbs to snap power lines. Simpsonville Fire Chief Wesley Williams said to expect power outages for at least one to two days.  


Cooking-related house fire displaces 5 people, Columbia officials say

Crews with the Columbia Fire Department battled flames at a home on the 3700 block of Anwood Drive. Firefighters were called to the home around 11 a.m. Tuesday and were able to put out the fire. Investigators later determined the cause of the fire was cooking related. Two adults and three children have been displaced because of the fire. Officials also confirmed no one was injured. However, an estimate on the damages caused by the fire is not available at this time.  


One dead after tractor trailer veers off I-26, hits pickup, crashes into cars at Columbia dealership

VIDEO: One person is dead after a tractor trailer veered off of I-26 onto Fernandina Road and crashed into a pickup truck Monday evening, according to troopers with S.C. Highway Patrol. Around 7:08 p.m. Monday, troopers say the driver of a 2010 International tractor trailer traveling west on I-26 went off the right side of the road, through a fence and crashed head on into a 1993 GMC pickup truck traveling east on Fernandina Road. The driver of the GMC, who was entrapped in the pickup truck, died at the scene, according to troopers. He has been identified as 51-year-old Calvin Ray Casson of Columbia. The driver of the tractor trailer was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing a seat belt. After crashing into the pickup trick, troopers say the tractor trailer continued right into the parking lot of Dick Smith Nissan on Fernandina Road, where it struck several parked cars. S.C. Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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