Daily Incident Log – 11/18/2019

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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11/19/2019 -

One person hospitalized in Newport house fire, house 'total loss' 

Firefighters battled a house fire that left one person with substantial injuries, according to a post from the Morehead City Fire-EMS Facebook page. The post says the fire took place on Oriental Drive in Newport around 5:30 a.m. on November 16. Three residents occupy the home, as well as a few pets. One person was transported to the hospital with substantial injuries. Morehead City Fire-EMS describes the home as a total loss. The house was 75 percent involved upon the fire department's arrival. The neighboring house and a shed were also damaged in the blaze. A transformer was compromised, and surrounding neighbors temporarily had no power. The power was eventually restored. Newport Fire Department and Broad & Gales also assisted with the fire. The fire is still under investigation.  



Family escapes Wake County fire that destroyed home; space heater a possible cause 

Authorities are investigating if a space heater led to a fire that destroyed a Wake County home Sunday night. The fire was reported around 6:45 p.m. at a home in the 3600 block of Lodge Drive near Knightdale, officials said. When Eastern Wake Fire Department crews arrived, flames were already showing out the back of the home, officials said. A family of four was at home at the time when the fire started. They all managed to get out of the home, however, two pet birds died in the blaze, according to fire officials. Wake County officials said the fire was electrical, but are not sure if it is linked to a space heater. The cause of fire that destroyed the single-wide mobile home is still under investigation. No one was hurt. About 15 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.  


Mobile home, contents lost in blaze; woods fires occur in Broadway 

A woman lost the mobile home she rented and all of her belongings inside in a fire in the Broadway Fire District early Sunday morning. The fire in the older model single wide mobile home occupied by Ronda Billings apparently began from an electric heater, said Assistant Fire Chief Jason Hart of the Broadway Fire Department. Firefighters found the heater tipped over, but don't know what caused that, said Hart. He said Billings stated that she was awakened by the sound of something popping, smelled smoke and quickly exited the house. With her cell phone and pocket book left in the mobile home, she ran to a neighbor's residence to call 911. Billings and her three dogs escaped from the burning mobile home without any injuries, but the fire was in an advanced stage when firefighters arrived and nothing could be saved.  


Man charged with attempted arson, to be evaluated in Pasquotank County 

A Pasquotank County man was ordered to undergo an evaluation at a state psychiatric hospital after the sheriff's office said he attempted to set a neighbor's house on fire. William Jacob Kneisly, 36, of the 200 block of Gaston Drive, is also facing first-degree attempted arson charges, according to a Pasquotank Sheriff's arrest report. Sheriff Tommy Wooten said Kneisly was arrested after he attempted to set a neighbor's house on fire Nov. 7. "Last Wednesday, for reasons unknown, he threw a vase through a window and poured what appeared to be gasoline on the home and attempted to light it," Wooten said when interviewed about the incident last week. The fire, which was extinguished before firefighters arrived, caused only minor damage to the vinyl siding on one side of the house, Wooten said.  


Durham adds recommissioned fire and rescue unit 

Durham is a growing city, and that poses new developing dangers. Those dangers could lead to emergencies in tall buildings and to rescues in confined spaces. A new specialized rescue company has been recommissioned to be ready to help in those situations. On Saturday, Durham firefighters, along with members of the community, pushed the recommissioned Rescue 1 Unit into service. The ‘housing' tradition dates back to a time before engine-powered trucks. "You used to have to push the truck back into the station because horses do not go in reverse," said Durham assistant fire chief Andy Sannipoli. Sannipoli said this rescue unit will serve a very modern purpose.  


Two dogs rescued from Durham apartment fire 

Firefighters rescued two dogs from a fire inside a third-floor Durham apartment on Saturday night. Before 8:30 p.m., the Durham Fire Department responded to an apartment building at 2917 Salvone Court. Firefighters spotted smoke coming from a top floor unit and extinguished a kitchen fire in under 10 minutes. According to officials, there was fire damage in the kitchen and smoke and heat damage throughout the apartment. No other units were affected by the fire. The Red Cross is assisting the two adults and one child who live in the apartment. No injuries were reported. Two dogs were inside the home at the time of the fire, but firefighters rescued them. According to the Durham Fire Department, the fire started on the stove. Grease fires can be contained by carefully sliding a lid over the pan to smother flames.  



Fire crew: Dog killed in mobile home fire in Fair Play 

Oconee County firefighters say a mobile home and camper were completely lost to a blaze that broke out late Saturday evening. Oconee County FD says the home and camper on Pikes Peak Drive were side-by-side when the fire began. Although no people were home nor injured, a dog inside did not make it and two other dogs have not been found. Crews are still working to douse the flames as of writing.  


No injuries following Saturday fire in Florence 

Fire officials say everyone is okay Saturday after an afternoon house fire in Florence. Fire Marshal Chris Johnson with the Florence Fire Department released the following statement about the fire: At 4:14 pm November 16, 2019, the Florence Fire Department and Florence Police Department responded to a structure fire at 1409 Hunter St. Florence Fire Department arrived on scene to confirm smoke coming from the roof of the structure. Several hose lines were deployed which allowed Florence firefighters to control the fire in approximately 15 minutes after arriving on scene. Florence firefighters remained on scene to extinguish hot spots and do salvage and overhaul. The cause of the fire was believed to be from a fire left burning in the fireplace unattended. There were no injuries to report.  


Crews contain fire at McClellanville home 

Firefighters responded Saturday morning to a structure fire in McClellanville. The Awendaw-McClellanville Consolidated Fire District said first-responding officers reported visible flames. Crews arrived on the scene at approximately 6:27 a.m. to the 300 block of Dupre Road. Firefighters say two people were home at the time of the fire but no injuries have been reported. Crews are working to determine a cause for the fire.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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