August 27 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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Veterans of Foreign Wars donates flags to volunteer fire department in Rockingham

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4203 and Auxiliary on Monday donated six American flags to the Northside Volunteer Fire Department to be displayed on their engines. The donation was prompted by Allen Terry of Northside who had seen other fire departments across the country showing their patriotism and asked for the VFW's help joining in. Chief Edward Causey said the flags will fly from the backs of their engines as a show of support for military service members. The department has had a number of members who are veterans, including one of its founding members, David Earl Covington, who died in May at age 72. Covington was a U.S. Army veteran and worked for the railroad. Covington also earned recognition in January when he stopped two dogs who were attacking a young girl as she was getting off of the school bus.  



Wilmington Fire Department welcomes new trucks with roll-in ceremony

The Wilmington Fire Department welcomed two new fire engines into its fleet with a roll-in ceremony Tuesday. The new engines are replacing units that are about 18 years old. According to the Wilmington Fire Department, the new 2019 Pierce Velocity trucks have the capability of flowing up to 1,750 gallons of water per minute from a 500 gallon water tank. Both Engine 1 and Engine 3 will offer firefighters increased hearing protection with a fully sealed passenger cab and side compartment airbags to offer more protection in the event of an accident. The engines have a special Hi-Viz LED light and siren to improve visibility to the public. Engine 1 will be based at Fire Headquarters on Market Street and Engine 3 will be housed at Station #3 on Cinema Drive.  



Aberdeen Honors Its Heroes

Spiderman climbed to the top of Aberdeen's superhero contest, selected as the best-themed downtown fire hydrant by local first responders. But during Monday's monthly meeting, town leaders set aside time to honor all of the community's heroes -- both real and imagined. A white rose marked the late Commissioner Ken Byrd's seat at the table. Earlier this month, the Aberdeen Town Board voted unanimously to leave his seat vacant until it can be filled by the upcoming municipal election. At the beginning of the meeting, Mayor Robbie Farrell also honored the memory of former Aberdeen Fire Chief Adrian Allred who died Saturday. A mentor and servant leader for 57 years, Allred was a recipient of the state's highest honor, the Order of the Longleaf Pine. "Both Ken and Adrian were exemplary citizens. They had a volunteer's heart," said Farrell. "We will miss both of them."  



Attic blaze in home next to child care is out, Hickory deputy chief says

An attic fire at a residence on 8th avenue Drive SW in Hickory is out and the children next door at Learn N' Play Child Care are safe, according to Deputy Fire Chief Brian Murray of the Hickory Fire Department. The call about the blaze came in at 1:16 p.m. Firefighters say the blaze was electrical and accidental. The firefighters did ask that children be kept inside the child care building next door as they battled back the fire. The people inside the home were able to escape without injury, according to reports from the scene. Hickory Police were also on the scene of the fire.  



One killed in fiery crash on I-40 near downtown Raleigh

VIDEO: Raleigh commuters on Interstate 40 in southeast Raleigh should anticipate traffic delays for several hours after at least one person was killed during a fiery crash during the Tuesday midday commute that closed both directions of the freeway south of downtown. According to Wake County Schools, afternoon school bus routes could also be affected by the crash, which has closed all eastbound lanes between S. Saunders Street and Lake Wheeler Road. Officials say the road could be closed until 5 p.m. According to spokesperson Heather Lawing, Wake County is working with officials to plan for alternate transportation routes. Just before noon, a thick cloud of smoke was visible on I-40 near Exit 298 for S. Saunders Street after a truck caught fire in the eastbound lanes. Officials said one person died in the crash.  





Lexington County Fire Service personnel to begin carrying, administering Narcan

In an effort to combat the ever-increasing dangers associated with opioid drug use, Lexington County Fire Service firefighters will now carry and administer Narcan for patients suffering from symptoms of an overdose. Narcan works as an opioid antagonist which can completely, or partially, reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose. It has become a critical tool for emergency responders in the fight against opioid abuse and addiction. Each LCFS fire unit will carry two doses of Narcan. "Lexington County firefighters are all trained in basic life-support care and are oftentimes called upon to first respond for critical medical calls," Lexington County Emergency Services Director David Kerr said. "The issuance of Narcan to our fire units allows for more avenues for a patient to receive the life-saving drug as quickly as possible when the need arises."  



Businesses near Okatie trash pile file lawsuits

At least four lawsuits have been filed against Able Contracting in connection with the large burning trash pile on its Okatie property. Four businesses near the trash pile have filed suits this month: Stromer Plumbing and Eastman Marine Construction on Aug. 9, Palmetto Towing and Recovery of Hilton Head on Aug. 14 and Southern Automotive on Aug. 21. The businesses are still operating several weeks after more than 20 Schinger Avenue residents were asked to evacuate when air testing led Jasper County to issue an emergency order. The residents are receiving federal housing assistance as the Environmental Protection Agency works to extinguish the fire. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control issued an order for Able Contracting to cease all operations, saying the pile presents "an imminent and substantial danger to human health and the environment."  



Family of 6 unharmed in Williamston house fire

The Red Cross says volunteers are helping an Upstate family, including five children, after a house fire. It happened Monday night on Boiter Road in Williamston. The Red Cross said in a news release that Cheddar Fire Department responded to the house fire. Volunteers are providing one adult and five children with financial assistance for flood, clothes, lodging and other essentials, according to the Red Cross. Cheddar Fire Department said in a Facebook post that no one was injured. Whitefield and Williamston fire crews also responded, while West Pelzer Fire Department provided coverage. "We are extremely grateful to our assist for the quick response and great work on this call," Cheddar Fire Department said in the post.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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