Lightning strikes twice at Pilot Mountain church; steeple burst into flames, officials say
A church steeple in North Carolina caught fire and fell over after repeated lightning strikes, officials say. "We sat there, and we cried but then we knew that God was in control," said Nancy Gallant, who witnessed the blaze at Friendly Chapel Church in Pilot Mountain, according to WGHP. The Pilot Knob Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday night was trying to put out the fire when a second lightning strike came, toppling the church's steeple and sending it into a "parking lot and a nearby cemetery," the Winston-Salem Journal reports. Firefighters worked through hail and rain, and those weather conditions helped to put out the fire, the newspaper reports.
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Truck driver dies after dump truck overturns on Highway 70 in Newport
The N.C. Highway Patrol reports that at 7:55 a.m. Friday, they responded to a fatal traffic accident on Highway 70 between Tom Mann Road and the railroad tracks. According to an accident report, a dump truck traveling west on the highway went off the road on the right side, then overcorrected getting back on the roadway. Driver James Guthrie Jr., 56, lost control of the truck and it overturned, spilling its load of large rocks, which covered the east and westbound lanes, as well as the median. Mr. Guthrie died as a result of the accident. Another vehicle sustained damage when it was struck by a large rock that spilled out of the truck. The occupants of the second vehicle weren't injured, according to the report. Mr. Guthrie was the only occupant in the truck. Highway patrol reports he wasn't wearing a seat belt. Investigators don't suspect drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.
Small Fire at Shanghai Dumpling restaurant in Chapel Hill
The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a small fire at 12:45 a.m. Saturday discovered by a Chapel Hill Police Officer at the back side of 143 E. Franklin St. Fire was under control in 20 minutes and no injuries were reported. Response consisted of 16 firefighters, three EMS personnel, and six CHPD officers. The cause is under investigation. Shanghai Dumpling is closed until further notice.
CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA
Cement truck overturns, traps driver on I-540, Hwy 64 in Apex
A cement truck overturned on a ramp off Highway 64 in Apex. The truck crashed on the ramp for Kelly Road, which is located very close to the Highway 64, Interstate 540 junction. Apex Police Department and Apex Fire Department responded to the crash, shutting down the ramp and diverting traffic. The driver was stuck in the overturned truck until firefighters were able to free him. The driver's condition has not been released, neither has a cause for the crash.
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Lowcountry veteran, firefighter uses service dog to treat PTSD
VIDEO: He went from fighting for freedom to fighting fires. Now, one Lowcountry veteran says his service dog, Cooper, is helping him fight Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. "Cooper and I are inseparable," said Marine Corp veteran Travis Warren of his service dog. "Since coming in, he's helped out a tremendous amount." Cooper is a Plott Hound adopted from Pet Helpers on James Island. Warren said he worked with the non-profit Companions for Heroes, which he says paid at least $8,000 to train Cooper to be a service dog. Around 20 veterans commit suicide every day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Warren said providing opportunities for veterans to adopt dogs like Cooper could save lives. Companions for Heroes works specifically with rescue and shelter dogs. "They're saving two at once. They're saving the dog, and they're saving the veteran or first responder" Warren said he trusts his four-legged fire marshal to continue helping him fight fires, and fight his own demons.
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82-year-old woman dies in Sumpter house fire
A house fire in Sumter has claimed the life of an 82-year-old woman. According into Sumter Fire Department Division chief Joey Duggan the fire call came in around 1:31 PM. When firefighters arrived light smoke was showing from the mobile home. Inside firefighters discovered the body of Ms. Betty Garris. There is no word yet on the cause of the fire. Chief Duggan said the fire was contained to the living room. A dog and a cat were also found dead. Twenty fire-fighters responded to the scene. The Sumter Fire Department, Sumter County Sheriff Office and the Sumter County Coroner office is investigating
WLTX-TV COLUMBIA 19
Myrtle Beach Fire Department dog retires after seven years of service
It's a career for one of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department's longest-serving crew members. According to a post on department's Facebook page, MBFD dalmatian Tower has officially retired from the fire service. As of March 1, Tower was adopted by an MBFD firefighter and his family. The dog spent seven years at the department's station one, which is affectionately known as the Midtown Madhouse, according to the post. "He will be missed greatly on shift but we're so happy he's already settling into retirement," the MBFD wrote.
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Truck fire on I-85 in Anderson County spreads to grass, shutting down all lanes, officials say
VIDEO: A portion of I-85 in Anderson County was shut down for more than an hour Friday afternoon while firefighters put out a brush fire that started with a vehicle fire, officials said. Anderson County officials said crews from the Townville, Zio and Sandy Springs fire departments were called to I-85 near exit 11 in Townville after a tractor-trailer truck caught on fire and the flames spread to the grass shortly after 2 p.m. Townville Fire Chief Billy McAdams said the bird's-eye view from Sky 4 allowed firefighters to see the fire started in the refrigerator unit. All lanes of I-85 were shut down, and motorists were encouraged to avoid the area. At about 3:15 p.m., traffic was backed up approximately 10 miles, past exit 19, Clemson Boulevard.
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'Suspicious' apartment fire displaces 20 in West Columbia
Multiple Columbia-area fire crews were called to assist when a West Columbia apartment building went up in flames Saturday. The two-alarm fire happened at the Riverbanks Retreat Apartments on N. Lucas Street. Crews arrived around 4:30 p.m. to find "heavy fire" and smoke coming from at least one apartment building, according to The West Columbia Fire Department. Roughly 10 apartments were damaged, leaving about 20 people, including children, without a home. No civilians were injured, but one firefighter was transported to the hospital for evaluation and has since been released. The blaze caused an estimated $500,000 in damages, according to officials. Investigators are still working to determine the cause, but now consider the incident suspicious. The Columbia Fire Department, Cayce Department of Public Safety, Irmo Fire District and Lexington County Fire Service were called to the scene to assist.
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Excitement surrounds delivery of Conway's new high-tech fire truck
The excitement and the crowd kept growing Friday morning as current and former fire personnel, volunteers and other city employees gathered to welcome the city's newest arrival. But this one wasn't crying or wearing diapers; instead, its lights were flashing. Personnel from the Pierce Company's dealer in Summerville predicted the arrival time for the city's new $950,000 aerial fire truck for 11 a.m. When the truck wasn't there then, Conway Fire Chief Lee Hendrick texted the drivers and found them at a convenience store near Pitt's Landing where they had stopped to clean the new aerial truck so it would look its best when it pulled into the porte coterie of the Conway Public Safety building. Hendrick said the truck, that was part of a four-year deal with three annual payments, will be helpful for the Conway fire personnel, who will be able to maneuver the shorter truck in tighter spaces.
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