July 22nd 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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07/22/2019 -

'We are all still in shock' - Tryon Fire Department announces death of fire chief

The Tryon Fire Department took to social media Saturday to announce the tragic news of their chief's passing. According to posts from not only the department, but other local agencies, Chief Geoffrey Tennant died overnight. His cause of death is unknown at this time. A Facebook post from the department says they are all still in shock by the news of Tennant's death. Polk County Rescue Squad also expressed their condolences, saying Tennant was more than just a fire chief. "The man was so much more than just a fire chief but also an educator, mentor, and most of all, a great friend," the post reads. Tennant's obituary cited a "sudden illness" as his cause of death.  



Hendersonville Fire Department honors promoted firefighters, new employees

On July 16, the Hendersonville Fire Department held a pinning ceremony to honor recently promoted firefighters and recognize new department employees, members completing their probationary status, and scholastic achievements. "Helping people is what the fire service is all about," said Hendersonville Fire Chief Joseph Vindigni during his welcoming remarks. "We provide support to people on their very worst day." He explained the annual pinning ceremony was a small way to recognize members' accomplishments in front of their peers and family members. The invocation was given by Fire Engineer Cameron Womack followed by opening remarks by Mayor Barbara Volk. The mayor welcomed new department members and congratulated those who were receiving special recognition.  



Firefighters: 3 people treated after fire at east Charlotte apartment complex

Firefighters are investigating what caused a 2-alarm fire at an east Charlotte apartment complex early Monday morning. The fire happened around 6 a.m. at the Ashby Point Apartments off Teal Point Drive, near Central Avenue and North Sharon Amity Road. When firefighters arrived at the complex, they saw smoke coming from the building and several people on the grass outside. They said other people were still trapped on a higher level of the building so they needed to do rescues. Firefighters told reporter Gina Esposito MEDIC is treating three people for smoke inhalation.  



Hendersonville Fire Capt. Josh Poore 'in good spirits' as therapy progresses

The community continues to rally around injured Hendersonville Fire Capt. Josh Poore, who is well on the long road to recovery. Josh, 41, was seriously injured in a mountain biking accident June 13 in Pisgah National Forest, suffering an incomplete spinal cord injury that left him unable to move his arms or legs. Josh underwent surgery at Mission Hospital to fuse his spine and was in the ICU for 10 days before he was moved to a step-down trauma unit. On June 28, he was transported to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for spinal cord rehabilitation. Starting as a quadriplegic hooked to a feeding tube, Josh has made amazing progress, according to his wife, Ashley. He has regained feeling in his legs, is eating a regular diet, can stand with assistance and is able to walk on a treadmill with aid. Poore has more controlled movement in his right arm and hand, but still lacks fine motor skills, his wife said. He also has some movement in his left arm.  



Southwest VFD celebrates 60 years, highlights need for volunteers

Jubilation was in the air at the Southwest Volunteer Fire Department, despite the muggy heat outside. The Southwest VFD celebrated the 60th anniversary of its incorporation, drawing firefighters and other community members from all over the county to celebrate and learn about the department's history. "It's very important to get together ... and let our community know we appreciate them," Southwest VFD Chief Ray Silance said at the event. The event featured food sold by sponsor Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q. There was a table for the American Red Cross, which offered free smoke alarm installation; a North Carolina Forestry plow display; a bouncy house; and various current VFD vehicles for residents to explore. But the highlight of the celebration was a room in which relics of the Southwest VFD were on display: a rusty tool used to open jammed doors, an old-school fire extinguisher and original brown firefighting jackets with SWVFD in fluorescent pink lettering.  



North Topsail Beach: Community helps vacationers after fire

Managing Broker and Vice President of Treasure Realty Tim Baker said Sunday afternoon that 60 family members are visiting on North Topsail Beach as they generally do annually, 15 of whom were staying at the duplex that caught on fire before 5 a.m. Sunday morning and destroying their belongings and vehicles. "They usually rent a few homes and split it up however they want to stay," he said. The families have begun an immediate recovery with the help of Treasure Realty, the local communities and St. Regis Resort, Baker said. "We had them in another home by 9 a.m. and have a Treasure representative with them at all times to be at their service," Baker said. "They lost everything they brought with them, clothes, phones, food, and even their vehicles."  



Coroner identifies 65-year-old man killed in Anderson house fire

The Anderson County Coroner's Office announced the death of a 65-year-old man, who they say was sleeping when a fire started in a residence Saturday morning. According to Coroner Greg Shore, his office received the call around 6:30 a.m. in response to a fire at a residence along Mountain Creek Church Road. When Shore arrived, he said crews with Center Rock and Starr Fire Departments were on scene working to tame the blaze. Paramedics with MedShore were also on scene assisting. The house was fully engulfed in flames, the coroner said. By the time the structure fire was out, firefighters said they found a male victim on the sofa. Shore says the homeowner told them 65-year-old Freddie Ray Simmons was asleep when the fire broke out.  



Ten injured, convenience store hit in three-car crash in Loris

Ten people were injured in a three-car crash at a convenience store Monday morning in Loris. According to a social media post from Horry County Fire Rescue, the crash happened at 1798 N. Hwy. 701 and the convenience store was struck One person was ejected from one of the vehicles and flown via AirLink medical helicopter with serious injuries, firefighters said. The nine others were taken to the hospital via ambulance. None of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening at this point, according to the post. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.  



Investigation underway after 2-alarm restaurant fire in Horry County

Multiple fire agencies responded to a two-alarm fire in Little River. Horry County Fire Rescue were called around 9:30 p.m. Friday to Vietnamese Cuisine restaurant on Highway 17. North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue provided aid to HCFR. Video from a viewer shows flames shooting out of the restaurant.Horry County Fire Rescue spokesman Tony Casey said there are no reported injuries. Casey said the fire is under control but the clean-up is going to be extensive. He said Highway 17 between McCorsley and Baldwin avenues is shut down while firefighters investigate the fire. Drivers are being asked to stay away from the area.  



Crews battle mobile home fire in North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach firefighters responded to a single-wide mobile home fire early Monday morning. According to a tweet from North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue around 2:15 a.m., crews were called to a mobile home fire off of Vereen Drive. Smoke and flames were showing when firefighters arrived. All occupants were out of the mobile home when crews got on scene, the tweet stated. A few minutes later, a second tweet stated the fire had been extinguished.  



Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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