Daily Incident Log – 05/14/2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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05/14/2019 -

Wilmington firefighters fight internal battle

Fire departments across the country are seeing an increase of men and women contracting cancer. Toxins that cause cancer are being released when burned, which has led to more cases of the disease in firefighters. "We're using a lot of plastics and a lot of synthetics in modern day builds," says Captain Chris Stenerson with the Wilmington Fire Department. "If you look at a modern, residential house, it's made of wood that's glued together, pressed together. They're wrapped in plastic with a vapor barrier underneath the plastic siding. There's a lot of things that are burning that are putting off a ton of chemicals that are bad for anyone to absorb." Firefighter uniforms protect them from heat and flames but not from the toxic gases that can be absorbed into them. The Wilmington Fire Department has put regulations in place to try to get rid of the toxins.  



5 people, dog safe after son alerts family to Knightdale house fire

Five people are safe after a young man woke his family while a fire was spreading in their Knightdale home. Authorities got the call about the house fire on Maurepas Drive, off of Hodge Road, at 1:23 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames. Authorities said the fire started outside the house and spread up the home and into the attic. A man living in the home said his son saw the flames and woke up his family members, who, along with a dog, were able to get out safely. Authorities said the fire had spread to the two bedrooms where the residents were sleeping after they had escaped. No injuries were reported. The home had heavy smoke and water damage. An investigation is ongoing.  


Two boats capsize in separate incidents off Topsail Beach

VIDEO: A Pender County family is lucky to be alive after their boat capsized in Topsail Inlet. It's the second boat to capsize in that area this year. The first incident in March turned deadly. Pender County Rescue officials say more boaters are getting themselves into trouble because of rough conditions and changes to the inlet that are not marked. The inlet will likely not be dredged before boating season is over. A career military man, Bill Batt had plenty of experience on boats around military bases across the country before moving to Hampstead a few years ago. He checked the weather and inlet conditions before heading out with his family to fish off Topsail Island on May 2. On the way back, a rogue wave rolled his 19-foot boat as it was coming into Topsail Inlet with the breakers.  


Fire Department: 1 hurt in east Charlotte fire caused by water heater malfunction

VIDEO: One person suffered minor injuries after a fire broke out at a home in east Charlotte Monday night. It took 23 firefighters 12 minutes to control a blaze at the home on Clark Street. One person was treated by paramedics but will be OK. Fire investigators said the fire was accidental, caused by a malfunctioning water heater in the utility room. The fire caused about $36,000 in damage.  


First responders work together to repair home damaged by Hurricane Florence

VIDEO: First responders in Wilmington are teaming up with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM) to rebuild a home damaged by Hurricane Florence. WARM is a nonprofit whose mission is to repair, rebuild and make homes accessible. "It is the nature of the job for first responders to deal with a situation, leave the scene when done, and then not have a chance to see how their efforts may have led to a quicker recover for the homeowner or patient," said Wilmington Chief Buddy Martinette. "Helping WARM gives first responders the satisfaction of participating in, and seeing, the full recovery for a well deserving homeowner. In that regard the efforts are personally very satisfying." Wilmington Fire Department, New Hanover County Fire, and New Hanover Regional EMS will be out at a build site on Dock St. to help a man whose house was damaged by the storm.  




First African American fire chief of Santee is living his dream

VIDEO: For the past 35 years, sirens have been the soundtrack to the life of Edward Barnett, the first African American fire chief in Santee. Late nights and emergency calls are all part of a day's work, but Barnett doesn't mind because he's fulfilling his childhood dream of being a part of his local fire department. "In elementary school, I used to like to look at this TV program called 'Emergency,'" Barnett said. "It was a show based out in California, and I used to like hearing all the sirens. I used to like seeing how they helped people, and I thought 'Well, one day I would like to do that.'" Barnett started the job in 1986, serving diligently as a volunteer for 12 years. Barnett always aspired to be a fire chief, even though no one who had ever held the role before looked like him. In 1998, that changed Barnett became the first African American fire chief in the Town of Santee. But, the change came with challenges.  


One injured in Conway house fire

One person was injured following a house fire Monday afternoon in Conway, according to firefighters. A tweet from Conway Fire shortly after 2:30 p.m. stated the fire was in the 1300 block of Colony Drive. The injured person was taken to a local hospital. No other information was immediately available.  


Suspect in fire that damaged two homes owned by SC governor attempted to start a third fire nearby, police say

A fire that damaged two homes owned by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster Tuesday morning is now being investigated as an arson. Police now say a man they have detained in the investigation is believed to have started both fires also attempted to start a third fire at home nearby, but the flame extinguished itself before it could do damage. Charges are expected to be forthcoming against the man Tuesday afternoon. Earlier, police released released surveillance images of the suspect about three hours after the fire took place. It shows an unidentified man wearing a white shirt and pink shorts. Shortly after releasing the images, police announced they had detained a suspect. In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Columbia Police chief Skip Holbrook said the suspect was located 'nearby' thanks to a quick tip. No motive is known. At this point, Holbrook said they do not believe others are involved in the arson. Officials say crews were first dispatched shortly before 6:30 a.m. this morning. A second alarm was called minutes later. In all, Jenkins says 15 units responded to the fire with a total of approximately 40 firefighters.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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