Daily Incident Log – 07/11/2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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07/11/2019 -

Eden KFC obliterated in early morning explosion

A Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Van Buren Road/NC Hwy. 14 exploded at roughly 12:20 a.m., obliterating the fast food joint's structure, broadcasting debris a quarter mile along the highway and rattling houses as far away as the Virginia state line. "I was driving by when it exploded,'' said Ed McCain, manager of the local Papa John's pizza, who was heading home from a late shift. "It shook my car like you wouldn't believe, but there were no flames,'' said McCain, 38, who watched a $10 bill float among the debris overhead and land near his SUV. "I was freaking out, and I just pulled over in the Sheetz parking lot. I'm just happy to be alive.'' The KFC, which closed around 11 p.m. Wednesday, was empty at the time of the blast and there are no known casualties, said Eden Police Chief Greg Light, on the scene with firefighters.  



Injured woman found bloodied, screaming on busy Durham street

By dusk on North Duke Street, Wednesday, Durham firefighters were sanitizing the blood off of the sidewalks closest to Englewood Avenue where neighbors found a woman on the ground, bloody, seriously hurt, and screaming in pain. Matt Hall heard the commotion from his backyard. "I heard some wailing so I came to the front porch," Hall said. "I went to see what was happening and I realized she was bleeding so I got towels and ice and tried to call 911." The victim was rushed to Duke Hospital while back at the scene, police scoured the block marking potential evidence with lime-green cones.  



Brunswick County lifts burn ban for unincorporated areas

After a lot of rain the past week, the burn ban is over in Brunswick County. According to a news release, the county lifted the ban for unincorporated areas as of noon today. Unincorporated areas are areas not in a city or town. If you're located in either a city or town, please contact that municipality about open burning. Fire Marshal Andrew Thompson wants to remind citizens that only natural vegetation that includes leaves, tree trimmings, or yard debris may be legally burned within 100' foot of any structure. Also, any outdoor burning that occurs more than 100 feet from a structure requires a North Carolina Forestry burning permit.  



Update: Man Convicted Of Involuntary Manslaughter In 2017 Death Of Burke County Firefighter

A Morganton man accused of hitting and killing a Burke County firefighter in October of 2017 was convicted of involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday. Randall Stewart, 59, pleaded guilty in the vehicular death of 40-year-old Jason Hensley. He was sentenced to 28 to 43 months in prison, which officials say was the maximum possible term for the offense based on Stewart's prior record level. On October 9, 2017, Hensley and another firefighter were cleaning storm debris on the side of U.S. Highway 70 in Drexel when the incident occurred. Stewart reportedly failed to yield to the scene and struck Hensley and the fire department's brush truck. Hensley died as a result of his injuries. Investigators say Hensley was wearing all required reflective gear and all emergency vehicles on scene were operating emergency lights at the time of the accident. Hensley had only been with the department for eight months, officials say, when he died.  



Victim Identified Following Mobile Home Fire in Mount Olive

Authorities have identified the person found dead following a Mount Olive mobile home fire. According to the Mount Olive Police Department, 63-year-old Addie Rae Truzys of Mount Olive was found dead inside the single-wide mobile home after firefighters extinguished Tuesday's blaze on the 100 block of Cleveland Drive. Firefighters from Mount Olive, Dudley, Calypso, Oak Wolfe and Smith Chapel were called to battle the blaze late Tuesday afternoon. Truzys' cause of death has not been determined, and the investigation into the fire and death is ongoing. The Mount Olive Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Office, State Bureau of Investigation, State Fire Marshall, ATF, and Office of Emergency Services are all involved in the investigation.  



3 people taken to the hospital after Hanahan house fire

Video: Three people were taken to the hospital after a house fire in Hanahan, according to the North Charleston Fire Chief. North Charleston Fire Department responded to the reported structure fire on the 1100 block of Melvin Drive Wednesday night. The call came in at 10:18 p.m., according to Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch. According to the NCFD Chief, two people were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and the other person with more serious injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated.  



21 American Flags burned outside an Anderson cemetery

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is investigating after someone burned more than 20 American flags outside a veteran cemetery on July 4th. The McDougald Funeral Home owner, Douglas McDougald said workers came back on July 5th to find all 21 American flags pulled out of the ground and torched. "We have always embraced and honored our veterans and it's something we feel is important," McDougald said. For many in South Carolina, celebrating this nation is a way of life. For many that starts with those who lay down their own life to defend it. Large flags that would normally line the Forest Lawn cemetery were quickly snatched and torched with only pieces of stars and strips from the American flags left behind.  



Vehicle fire damages other vehicles at Mellow Mushroom in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach firefighters responded to a vehicle fire Wednesday afternoon in the Mellow Mushroom parking lot. Firefighters were able to put the fire out at 21st Avenue North, but three other vehicles were damaged by the fire. Fire crews had to shut down 21st Avenue North from Seaboard Street to Greens Boulevard while they cleared the scene.  



Crews investigating cause of Edisto Island house fire

Firefighters extinguished a house fire Thursday morning on Edisto Island Thursday morning. Crews arrived on scene in the 3000 block of Lee Street to find heavy flames coming from a house. According to St. Paul's fire chief Larry Garvin, there is some damage to the house, but the fire was put out fairly quickly. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.  



North Charleston Firefighters rescue two from vehicles during flash flood

North Charleston firefighters rescued two people from vehicles that had driven into a flooded portion of a road early Wednesday morning. Charleston County dispatchers received a 911 call at approximately 4:36 a.m. Wednesday about a woman "stuck in the water" who was unable to walk to safety, according to North Charleston Deputy Fire Chief Stephanie Julazadeh. The woman and another person were in their vehicles when they drove into a flooded portion of Corley Drive, causing their vehicles to stall, she said. The water was too high for them to safely get out of the vehicles. When firefighters arrived, they found three vehicles in the flooded area. They helped two people in those vehicles get out and then moved them to safety, Julazadeh said.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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