Daily Incident Log – 01/08/2020

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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01/08/2020 -

Electrical issue causes capacitor to blow in pump at Polk County gas station 

Firefighters with the Town of Columbus Fire Department and emergency crews are responding to a gas station for a reported "explosion". According to Columbus Police dispatch, a gas pump exploded at Deb's Mini Mart just after 8 a.m. along Highway 9 in Mill Spring, North Carolina. At this time no injuries are reported. The owner of Deb's Mini Mart Scott Burgess called FOX Carolina to clarify that no fire was involved in the reported "explosion" of the pump. According to Burgess investigators are still working to determine what caused the back up adding it could have just been air pressure but at this time they aren't sure. Burgess says no fuel or fire was involved. Around 11 a.m. our crew spoke with firefighters on scene who said the situation was caused by an electrical issue causing a capacitor to blow.  



Fiery crash shut down I-40 near Clemmons for hours Tuesday night 

Westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were closed for hours Tuesday night near exit 182 at Harper Road near Clemmons. The interstate reopened around 11:20 p.m. Tuesday. The interstate shut down after a tractor-trailer crashed into a concrete wall, jack-knifed and burst into flames Tuesday afternoon. The highway's westbound lanes were expected to reopen by 11 p.m. Tuesday night, the N.C. Department of Transportation said in email. Trooper B.P. Daniels of the N.C. Highway Patrol said the wreck could have been much worse. The truck driver was uninjured and was able to climb out of his smashed cab when his rig came to a stop.  


Person County reinstates fire post 

After approving the reinstatement of a fire marshal's position in December, the Person County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a job description and funding for the position Monday. The position's general statement of duties reads: "Performs technical and public safety work in providing fire prevention, investigations of suspicious fires, enforcement of local and state fire ordinances and codes, serving as a liaison with volunteer fire departments, federal, state, and county agencies in promoting overall fire prevention efforts within the county." Based on previous discussions, the fire marshal was slated to undertake the fire investigations countywide alone, but County Manager Heidi York said that it would be best for the marshal to work along with the city of Roxboro's fire investigations that the county currently contracts with for $500 per month.  


Firefighters respond to blaze at vacant Wilmington warehouse 

Wilmington Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant warehouse on 17th Street Tuesday afternoon. Around 2:45 p.m., crews were on scene of a structure fire in the 900 block of 17th Street. WFD says 17th Street is closed to all traffic between Wright and Dawson streets. Crews made a quick knockdown of the fire. At 3:15 p.m., a fire investigator was on scene.  




Fire destroys home in Murrells Inlet 

A home sustained extensive damage in a fire Tuesday afternoon in Murrells Inlet. The Murrells Inlet - Garden City Fire Dept. was called to the home around 12:25 off Turntable Road near Poinsett Street. Asst. Fire Chief J.R. Haney says the occupants of the home noticed a fire in one of the bedrooms and were able to escape. The blaze spread through the attack and to the roof. Midway Fire-Rescue also responded. No injuries were reported.  


Georgetown County woman on trial in connection to mobile home fire that killed her son 

A woman charged in connection with a 2014 mobile home fire in Andrews that left her 12-year-old son dead is facing a jury this week. According to information from the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office, a jury was picked Monday in the case of Marissa Cohen, who is facing charges of murder, first-degree arson, criminal conspiracy and unlawful neglect of a child. Opening statements were held Tuesday and the jury heard from six witnesses, according to the spokesperson for the solicitor's office. A previous release from the solicitor's office states first responders were called to 10 James Drive in Andrews in the early-morning hours of March 29, 2014 for a mobile home fire. Once the blaze was extinguished, the body of 12-year-old Dave Sycience Coombs was found in the living room area, prosecutors said.  


Firefighters battle house fire in Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club 

Crews responded to a house fire Wednesday morning in the Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club. According to Horry County Fire Rescue Spokesperson Tony Casey, the fire was at a home in the 6000 block of East Sweetbriar Trail. Firefighters were dispatched at 9:40 a.m. No injuries were reported, according to Casey. Viewer-submitted photos and videos of the fire showed heavy smoke billowing from the roof of the home.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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