Sept 5 2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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09/05/2019 -

Greenville apartment complex fire that displaced 8 people, injured 3 firefighters ruled accidental

A fire reported at a Greenville apartment complex that left three firefighters and displaced eight residents has been ruled accidental, officials said. On Wednesday around 9 a.m. Greenville Fire-Rescue responded to Sterling Pointe Drive for a townhome fire. After an investigation, officials said the fire at Sterling Pointe townhomes is ruled accidental. Officials said the area of origin is the kitchen stove and the cause is unattended cooking. One pet, a cat, was rescued by GFR crews. Three units sustained damage and eight occupants are being displaced and assisted by the Red Cross. The Winterville Community Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist. There were no civilian injuries reported. Three firefighters sustained minor injuries and were transported to the hospital, officials said.  



Fire damages Nine Mile Rescue building, vehicles in Onslow County

A fire that broke out at the Nine Mile Rescue Squad damaged the building and two vehicles within it. First responders arrived on scene around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and extinguished the fire around an hour later, according to Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Evan Crews. "There were no injuries and nobody was hurt," Crews said. According to Onslow County Fire Marshal Brian Kelly, the building housed a brush truck and a crash truck that were damaged in the fire. Kelly said the brush truck was "completely destroyed," but the fate of the crash truck and building is up to the insurance company. Nine Mile Rescue recently merged with the Nine Mile Volunteer Fire Department, according to Kelly, and crews were in the building earlier in the day preparing for Hurricane Dorian.  



Kindred Spirit Mailbox in Sunset Beach relocated as Dorian bears down

A well-known landmark that sits along the shoreline near the quiet town of Sunset Beach has a new home, at least temporarily. The town's fire department posted on Facebook that the Kindred Spirit Mailbox is out of harm's way as Hurricane Dorian approaches southeastern North Carolina. The mailbox is "safe and sound at the firehouse" the post stated. The Sunset Beach Police Department took to Facebook to heap praise on the firefighters for their initiative. "Shout out to our partners at Sunset Beach Fire Department NC for taking care of one the beach's most talked about points of interest. Great job all," a Facebook post by the police department stated. The Kindred Spirit Mailbox sits nestled on uninhabited Bird Island at the southern end of Sunset Beach. For decades, visitors have flocked to the mailbox to write down their innermost thoughts on love and life and leave them inside the mailbox for others to find.  



Home severely damaged by fire in High Point

A fire severely damaged a home in High Point on Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported at a home in the 700 block of Belmont Drive at 5:40 p.m. High Point Fire Marshal Chris Weir said the home was heavily damaged and is not fit to be lived in until repairs are made. Five people were displaced and are staying with family members. Weir said the cause was unattended cooking. One minor injury was reported. One person inside stepped on a nail as they were getting out of the house. The home next door had minor damage, with some siding scorched and warped.  



Statesville: Fourth Annual 9-11 motorcycle ride set

The Red Knights North Carolina Chapter 13 will hold the Fourth Annual 9-11 Ride Saturday, Sept. 7. The Red Knights is a motorcycle organization that consists of firefighters and their families. The 9-11 Ride is held to remember those who were killed in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The escorted ride begins at Cool Springs Fire Department, 672 Mocksville Hwy. with registration at 10 a.m. A rider meeting is at noon and kick stands up at 12:30 p.m. Registration is $25 per bike. There will be door prizes and entertainment at the start and end of the ride. There will be a memorial presentation at Trinity Fire Department, 2968 Wilkesboro Hwy., at the end of the ride.  



First responders from Triangle heading to coast to help Dorian victims

As coastal residents evacuate from Hurricane Dorian's path, dozens of first responders from the Triangle are heading toward the storm. North Carolina Task Force 8, made up of about 40 first responders from fire departments in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, as well as Wake County EMS, plan to help find and rescue victims in communities heavily affected by the hurricane. Team members plan to spend up to 10 days in the eastern part of the state, and they said such deployments after hurricanes have become common in recent years. "We've been, last four years, been in different areas of the country and state," said task force member Zach Reynolds, a Raleigh firefighter. Fifteen of the team members will use inflatable rafts and motorboats help with water rescue efforts, while the other members will help with structural collapses in the area.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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