Daily Incident Log – 04/22/2019

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04/22/2019 -

Atlantic Beach Fire Department names new Fire Chief and Deputy Chief

Atlantic Beach, N.C. officials announced on Monday who will fill the Fire Chief and Deputy Chief positions after Chief Adam Snyder passed away in a snow skiing accident in Virginia on March 11, 2019. Atlantic Beach Town Manager David Walker said Deputy Chief Michael Simpson has been promoted to Fire Chief, and Senior Captain Casey Arthur has been promoted to Deputy Chief of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department. The 14-member Atlantic Beach Fire Department provides Firefighting, EMS and lifeguard services to the Atlantic Beach area, which has a summer season population of over 35,000. Town officials say 47-year-old Michael Simpson is a 25-year veteran firefighter, having served the last 19 years with the ABFD, and previously serving at fire departments in Beaufort and Goldsboro, NC.  



‘It Sounded Like A Boom': Powerful Winds Rip Off Thomasville Fire Department's Roof For A Second Time

VIDEO: Usually, the Thomasville Fire Department is going to emergencies, not dealing with them at their own station. But that's exactly what happened Friday afternoon after severe weather hit the Piedmont Triad. The fire department took the brunt of the storm while firefighters were out helping others. Powerful winds ripped apart their roof at the fire station. Pieces were scattered across the road, some even damaged their vehicles in the parking lot. One vehicle had a cracked windshield and damage to the front end. Some firefighters were inside when it happened.  


Answering the call: McDowell 911 honored during Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Over the last week, the men and women working behind the scenes in McDowell's 911 Communications Center were honored by local agencies and partners as part of a national initiative honoring dispatchers. Every year, the second week of April is established as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, which honors 911 communication agencies and dispatchers from across the United States. The week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office in California, is recognized as "a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public", according to the National Public Safety Telecommunicators week website.  


Greene County Fire Marshal: Church A 'Total Loss' After Fire on Easter Weekend

VIDEO: A church caught fire in eastern North Carolina Saturday morning, likely leaving it a total loss. Greene County Fire Marshal Berry Anderson told WNCT Leventon Chapel Free Will Baptist Church along Highway 58 in the Bull Head area went up in flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the SBI. The first call came in around 11:42 a.m. The church building was still smoldering as of 5 p.m. Saturday. Anderson believes the building is a total loss. There were no injuries.  


Swannanoa Fire Department distributing bottled water to residents impacted by flooding

The Swannanoa Fire Department is distributing bottled water after weekend flooding shut off service to the hundreds of residents. A water main running between Bee Tree Road and the creek bearing the same name ruptured when the the the bank in which it was laid washed out on the evening of April 19, one of the wettest single days on record. David Melton, director of the Asheville's Water Resources Department, said on April 22 that the city notified about 325 customers impacted by the water main brake. "We generally cast a bigger net than what's affected just to make sure we get everybody in the loop," he told the Citizen Times in a phone interview.  




Teens saved blind woman from Colleton County mobile home fire, authorities say

PHOTO: Three teens are responsible for helping to save the life of a 66-year-old woman during a fire inside her Colleton County mobile home. Colleton County fire-rescue officials say Diane Creel, who is blind and on oxygen, was inside her home in the 7600 block of Rehoboth Road just south of Augusta Highway when the fire began in the kitchen around 9:45 a.m. on April 17. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from all sides of the home and quickly extinguished the fire. Also inside the home at the time were 12-year-old Jaylyn Creel, 15-year-old Marina Creel and 18-year-old Matthew Grooms. They told Colleton County fire rescue officials that they heard yelling and ran into the center of the home to find the kitchen on fire.  


Ashley River Fire District could be abolished Monday night at council meeting

The third and final reading of an ordinance to dissolve the special tax district known as the Ashley River Fire District will be heard and possibly voted on Monday night. Current plans would call for the North Charleston fire department to serve the district if the ordinance passes. The Ashley River Fire Department says the county did not alert them of their intent to dissolve it. "That they would take something like this fire department away from us is very disconcerting and that they would ignore what we have accomplished here, this group has been here for 40 years," said Jack Furr who lives in district. The district was created in 1979 when there was no fire services near the area. The county says this is no longer the case.  


Boat accident near McClellanville sends 2 to hospital

VIDEO: Two people were injured Sunday night when a boat ran aground near the Intracoastal Waterway, according to first responders. The Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District and Coast Guard Sector Charleston responded to the McClellanville Boat Landing shortly after 9 p.m., a post from the fire district's Twitter account. A Coast Guard spokesman said one boater was ejected when the boat struck a sandbar and a good Samaritan then took that victim ashore. Firefighters say the victim was taken to an area hospital. A second person who remained on the boat was also injured and was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of a possible back injury, a Coast Guard spokesman said.  


Update: 2 charged in connection to Columbia Walmart arson investigation that caused $3M in damages

VIDEO: The Columbia Police Department says two men have been arrested in connection to an arson investigation at a Columbia Walmart earlier this week. Police say Steven D. Edwards and Bobby J. Murphy, Jr. have been charged with second-degree arson in the fire at the Harbison Boulevard Walmart on April 16. The two men are currently being held at the Lexington County Detention Center. Investigators said the fire started in one of the aisle after 3 a.m. Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said at the time that the fire caused nearly $3 million in damages inside the store. No one was injured. Police were originally looking for a woman in connection with this case, but said that they talked to her and she has not been charged at this time.  


Lightning sparks house fire in Mt. Pleasant

PHOTO: A lightning strike caused a home to catch fire in the Old Village of Friday. Witnesses saw lightning hit the second story of a home on Church Street near Coleman Boulevard, said Batallion Chief Ken LaMonte with the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department. Neighbors reported hearing a loud crack right before the fire started. A spokesperson from MPFD said attack teams found the interior of the second-story wall had flames burning into the support beams. Firefighters got the fire under control by 2:42 p.m. There was some charring and flames found on the rear side of the building. No one was home at the time of the fire, LaMonte said.  


2 killed, 1 injured after police chase ends in fiery crash in York County

VIDEO: Three separate departments are investigating after authorities said two people were killed and another was injured after a dangerous high-speed chase along Interstate 77 ended in a fiery crash in York County. Chopper 9 Skyzoom was overhead Thursday afternoon as a stolen red Toyota Prius swerved in and out of traffic, putting lives in danger before losing control, hitting a tree and bursting into flames. Officials said two people in the car died and another was taken to the hospital. Investigators said the suspects made some bad decisions that ultimately led to the pursuit with troopers.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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