Daily Incident Log – 06/10/2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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06/10/2019 -

Six People Seriously Injured in Fiery Interstate Crash in Charlotte

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at approximately 7:00 p.m., Charlotte Fire Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department MEDIC and North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to a motor vehicle accident with a reported vehicle fire and people trapped. The accident happened on I-485 Outer after the Johnston Road Exit. Upon arrival, firefighters had a two-vehicle crash with a 4-door sedan fully involved in flames with occupants trapped in the burning vehicle. A red SUV was also involved in the accident. Assistance was requested for a heavy rescue truck from Pineville Fire Department. Firefighters immediately went to work to extinguish the fire in the one vehicle. Once the fire was out, firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools, including the JAWS of LIFE, to cut apart the sedan. They removed the doors and roof of the sedan to gain access to the victims. State Highway Patrol shutdown all lanes of I-485 Outer for an accident investigation.  



Section of US-301 closed as crews battle Halifax County laundromat fire

Firefighters in Halifax County had to shut down a section of U.S. Route 301 due to a laundromat fire in Enfield. The fire was first discovered by officers who smelled smoke in the area and went to check out the source of the smoke. The incident was reported at 1 a.m. at U.S. 301 near Bryant Street. According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, U.S. 301 was closed between E. Franklin Street and Cary Street because of the fire. When officials arrived at the scene, heavy fire and smoke were coming from the PDQ Laundromat. No injuries have been reported at this time.  


Forsyth County commissioners approve $458.7 budget

Forsyth County commissioners approved a $458.7 million budget that includes investments in education, public safety and human services. The adopted budget includes a three cent tax increase, bringing the property tax rate to 75.35 cents per $100 of valuation. One cent of that will generate an estimated $3.7 million for teacher supplements in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System. Commissioners plan to repeal the one cent increase if voters approve a quarter cent county sales tax referendum next year that would pay for teacher supplements. The other two cent increase will be used to fund debt service for the construction of the new courthouse. The budget includes five new positions to help with increasing demands on the Sheriff's Office. The budget includes a health educator that will work with county departments and community partners on opioid prevention and education. There's four additional assistant shift supervisors for Emergency Medical Services to help with increased call volumes, and a fire overlay district tax of .0073 cent for fire districts served by Volunteer Fire Departments that will fund an additional truck to support them.  


Woman Trapped in Car in Gibsonville Floodwaters Explains How She Survived Without Cell Phone to Call 911

A woman who was rescued after being trapped in her car, surrounded by floodwaters, spoke with WFMY News 2 about the near-death experience to warn other drivers. On Saturday morning, Sharan Varner loaded up her car with plants and her dog Brickles to visit her daughter and granddaughter, whose car was totaled in a wreck the day before. "I really am a very cautious driver. And I do not speed. And am really worried about making sure I'm safe," said Varner, who lives in Reidsville in Rockingham County. But even her cautious approach was no match for the floodwaters from Buffalo Creek, which spilled onto a bridge on Huffine Mill Road in Gibsonville. "When I got to the bridge, it just looked wet, so I proceeded very slowly, no problems," said Varner. When Varner realized the water was actually several inches deep, she tried to back up and turn around. But it was too late. The water, which was becoming a rushing river, swept her car away and trapped it against a guardrail on the bridge.  


Family displaced after fire in Morehead City

Officials say a family has been displaced following a Sunday evening house fire. Morehead City firefighters responded to a fire about 5:15 p.m. Sunday at 401 Macon Court. No injuries were reported. Capt. Brian Pasko with the Morehead City Fire Department said it took about 10 minutes to extinguish the fire, which was contained to the interior of the unit. The family was displaced, and Capt. Pasko said the management of Macon Court was working with the family to find them a place to stay. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  


'The Adrenaline Kicked In': How Tow Truck Drivers Saved Man From Drowning in Guilford County

Two tow truck drivers, one of them a retired firefighter, say they were in the "right place at the right time" when they rescued a man trapped on top of his car in floodwaters early Saturday morning. Triad residents Danny Ward and Phillip Alston were driving back to their tow truck shop in the darkness of night when they suddenly encountered the emergency situation. Two men driving separate cars became trapped in floodwaters at the bottom of a hill on Riverdale Drive in Jamestown, according to Ian Good, shift commander with Pinecroft Sedgefield Fire Department. "We saw red lights in the distance," said Alston, one of the tow truck drivers. "We then saw the vehicle submerged underwater. A gentleman was down on all fours, just waving for help." The loud, rushing floodwaters made it difficult to hear the man yelling from the car roof, but the pair said it was clear he was in life-threatening danger. Alston and Ward jumped into action.  




Malfunctioning air conditioning unit causes smoke, forces temporary closure of North Charleston theater

A reported structure fire at Northwoods Mall Cinema is being blamed on electrical issues. North Charleston firefighters responded to a possible structure fire at the theater after Charleston County dispatchers received a call at 3:54 p.m. North Charleston Fire Department Deputy Chief Stephanie Julazadeh said a malfunctioning air conditioning unit caused some smoke, leading to the evacuation. The theater was full when customers were asked to clear out, she said. Shortly before 5 p.m., crews finished ventilation operations to clear out the smoke and cleared the scene. Theater employees posted a sign on the window of the theater claiming it is closed until further notice. The signs instructed patrons to keep all receipts and tickets from Sunday promising to issue refunds when the theater reopens.  


Spartanburg Fire Department shows off new furry 'employee'

The Spartanburg Fire has welcomed a new "employee" to the department to help with arson investigations. Spartanburg Fire Department says the yellow labrador retriever is named Phoenix and will be assigned to the Senior Deputy Fire Marshal and will be trained in accelerant detection. Phoenix will help find evidence of hydrocarbons like gasoline during a fire investigation. This will help determine whether a fire was arson. Spartanburg Fire Department shared a photograph of Phoenix settling into her new job while her co-workers were in training.  


Follow-up: Officials identify body found in Plantersville home destroyed by fire

The body of a man was found in a home destroyed by an early-morning fire in Plantersville Friday. Georgetown County Deputy Coroner Chase Ridgeway said the body is that of 62-year-old Jefferson Vanderhorst. Officials believe he was the only person living in the 2,500-square-foot brick home at the corner of Genesis Drive and Annie Village Road. Georgetown County Fire responded to the call around 12:45 a.m., according to Assistant Chief Tony Hucks. The fire was knocked down around 3 a.m. Hucks said flames were through the roof of the home when firefighters arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Hucks said it may take a while to determine what started the fire due to the extent of damage to the home. No firefighters were injured battling the blaze. Mutual aid was provided by Midway Fire Rescue and Horry County Fire. The State Law Enforcement Division is also investigating, as is custom when a body is found in a fire.  


Charleston firefighters battle downtown apartment kitchen fire

VIDEO: Charleston firefighters say they were able to quickly contain a fire at a West Ashley apartment Saturday afternoon. Charleston County dispatchers received a call just before 4 p.m. about a fire at an apartment on Grech Street. Charleston and St. Andrews Fire Departments responded, along with Charleston County EMS and Charleston Police. Residents of one apartment were home when smoke alarms activated, which alerted them to the fire. Crews reported smoke venting from one apartment unit and were able to contain the majority of fire damage to the kitchen of a single apartment, bringing the fire under control in less than 10 minutes, firefighters say. No one was injured and investigators say though the fire originated within the kitchen, a specific cause has not yet been determined. The American Red Cross was assisting the family of one apartment.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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