Daily Incident Log – 11/14/2019

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11/14/2019 -

Greenville police now investigating morning duplex fire 

Greenville police are now investigating a fire that heavily damaged a duplex early this morning. Greenville Fire-Rescue units were called to the duplex at 803 Colonial Avenue around 5:45 a.m. The fire heavily damaged the left unit of the duplex. Firefighters say fire was showing on the first floor of the vacant duplex when they arrived and no one was injured. The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined pending further investigation, according to a fire department news release. Greenville police are now looking into the fire, and the fire department says it will be several days before any new details are released.  



Mom takes to social media to thank Burlington firefighter who helped with carseat 

Wednesday happens to be World Kindness Day. A day to pay it forward and do good for others. It also happens to be a day that one Gibsonville mother says she'll never forget. A social media post shows a picture of a Burlington firefighter getting into his truck after dropping his granddaughter off at school. What wasn't pictured was how 20 minutes of kindness changed one mom's life. "I was T-boned, and that's why I'm super paranoid about my car seats," Crystal Holland said. "I remember after I got hit, I didn't want to look into my backseat. I turned around and they were completely fine." That's when Holland realized the importance of secured car seats. So she was a little worried Wednesday morning when she had to put them into her car herself. "I can never get them super tight like my husband can," she said.  


New details released on fiery Guilford County crash that killed 3, injured 2 

Three people were killed and two others were injured in a fiery crash in Guilford County on Wednesday morning, according to a news release from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. At 7:48 a.m., highway patrol was called to the crash on U.S. 421 near N.C. 62. A 1992 Jeep SUV was going slow because of mechanical problems and was hit from behind by a 2013 Toyota passenger car driven by Courtney Nicole Chrisco, 22, of Olivia. After the impact, the Toyota stopped in the road and the Jeep went off the road to the left, partially in the median. Both vehicles caught on fire. Marie Michalicova Beazlie, 39, of Colfax, was driving a 2005 Honda SUV and attempted to avoid the crash. She went off the road to the left and hit the Jeep. Her vehicle then caught on fire. The driver and two passengers in the Jeep died at the scene. Beazlie sustained serious injuries and was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  


SUV driver charged after High Point crash involving Trinity Elementary School bus carrying 13 students 

A woman was charged after her SUV and a school bus, carrying 13 students, crashed Wednesday morning, according to the Randolph County School System. At about 6:46 a.m., school bus 140 was driving northeast on Old Thomasville Road, near Artisan Avenue, along its route for Trinity Elementary School. Just in front of the bus was a 1997 Honda SUV driven by Marian Lee Short, 64, of Trinity, heading in the same direction. Troopers say the Short merged into the left turning lane and tried to make a U-turn, turning into the path of the school bus. The woman was taken to a hospital for a minor injury and charged with an unsafe movement violation. There were 13 students and a driver on the bus. The school system says no one on the bus was reported injured. A parent said that she brought her two children to the hospital to be checked. It is unclear if any other parents did the same.  



Horry County Fire Rescue outlines steps for picking 30 new firefighters after hundreds apply 

Horry County leaders are working to make sure the area sees no shortage of firefighters as the area rapidly grows. Horry County Fire Rescue is hiring 30 new firefighters after FEMA awarded the department a $3.6 million SAFER grant. It goes toward training, equipment and salary for the new firefighters. Fire Chief Joseph Tanner said on Tuesday that the department has received over 300 applications and could have more than 400 by the end of the week. After this, county and fire rescue leaders have to decide who will be the best fit for HCFR. "A group of supervisors will review all of the applications and extend offers for interviews after that. There will be a testing period and people will be training right around the first of the year and could be serving in Horry County in just the next couple of months," said HCFR spokesperson Tony Casey.  


Greenwood firefighters douse blazing car 

A man's car caught fire early Wednesday morning after the vehicle got stuck on a retaining wall, according to Greenwood firefighters. The Greenwood Fire Department responded at about 3:40 a.m. Wednesday to a car fire at 213 Hampton St., where a report said firefighters found the car engulfed in flames. The four fire personnel on the scene were able to extinguish the blaze quickly but weren't able to determine the cause through the heavy fire damage to the car's inside and undercarriage. The driver, a 63-year-old Greenwood man, told firefighters he was driving the car when it just stopped working. Firefighters stayed on scene until the man's car was removed by a wrecker.  


Folly Beach firefighters now certified to administer life saving drugs 

Folly Beach firefighters are now certified to administer live saving drugs. Before Wednesday, firefighters were only allowed to act as first responders, and were limited in what they could do. For example, they were allowed to give CPR, take blood pressure readings and if necessary apply bandages until the ambulance got there. The firefighters are now qualified to give certain drugs to patients. Those medications include epinephrine for someone who may have an allergic reaction to a jellyfish sting, or Narcan if there's an overdose on opioids. They can even open a patient's airway to help them breathe. Public safety officials say with the large number of folks who live and visit Folly, this upgrade was necessary.  


Fire destroys Lancaster County home hours after offer made to buy it 

Jessica Wilkins got a phone call she'd been waiting months for at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Someone made an offer to buy their Lancaster home at a price they asked for, so Jessica Wilkins told her realtor to get the paperwork started. Jessica Wilkin's husband called three hours later to tell her their house was on fire, and he was outside with their two children. "It just wasn't meant to be," Matthew Wilkins said. Firefighters said the fire started behind the house, possibly outside on a back deck. It's believed to be an electrical issue, a complete accident. The couple walked inside the home on Walden Road Wednesday. There was no roof and most walls are gone. The fire took everything. Jessica Wilkins was at her job as a nurse on the late shift at the time when her husband told her what happened. "He heard a noise on the back porch and said when he opened his eyes, the window was orange," she said.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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