Daily Incident Log – 06/18/2020

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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06/18/2020 -

Elizabethtown Fire Department chosen for recruitment, retention initative 

If you come down to the fire station, either the old one or the new one, you might see new faces, and Fire Chief Nick West is hoping an incoming program will bring on even more. Right now the department is a mixture of full-time, part-time and volunteers. "Whenever someone is on vacation part-time staff can fill that, and we have a minimum staffing level that we try to achieve," said West. West is hoping that utilizing a grant will bring in more help and boost the department. "The North Carolina Fire Chiefs Association is working with the International Association for Fire Chiefs, and they wrote a SAFER grant," he said. This recruitment and retention campaign is part of the Volunteer Workforce Solutions program designed to achieve a viable and sustainable volunteer firefighter workforce.  



First responders, fire trucks respond to fire at New London plant 

Fire trucks from Bethany and New London volunteer fire departments and Albemarle and West Stanly fire departments responded Wednesday to calls of a fire at the Fiberon plant in New London. Fire marshals and Stanly County EMS were also on the scene. According to Stanly County Fire Marshal Danny Barham, four silos and a dust collector caught fire causing some small explosions. Barham said safeguards were in place to help mitigate the damage, and as of Wednesday night, no injuries occurred. Fire personnel were still checking for spot fires saying it would be a "long process to empty the silos."  


State Fire Marshal to deliver grant checks to volunteer fire departments from 7 eastern counties 

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey will present checks to rural volunteer fire departments from seven eastern North Carolina counties on Thursday. Commissioner Causey, who is also the State Fire Marshal, will be making stops in Wilson, Hyde, Beaufort, Jones, and Wayne counties during the daylong visit. While stopping in Trenton in Jones County, Commissioner Causey will also present checks to fire departments from Carteret and Pamlico counties. Commissioner Causey is concerned about the financial well-being of the state's volunteer fire departments. He has partnered with the state's largest health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, to obtain grants to help ensure the departments can respond to their jurisdiction's needs.  


More than 40 Nash County residents evacuate homes due to flooding 

An area near Rocky Mount is facing flooding concerns after recent rains swelled the Tar River causing it to overflow into surrounding developments. As of Wednesday night, multiple roads in downtown Nashville are currently closed due to flooding. Firefighters estimate five to six inches fell between Tuesday and Wednesday causing 45 to 50 people to evacuate their homes while waters rose. "There are other roads that are flooded that are impassable for a while because once the water goes down here, it still has to go away from those areas too," Nashville Fire Chief Chris Joyner said. Earlier on Wednesday, a couple in Nash County was rescued when their vehicle was swept off the road into the woods.  


Fire at Winston-Salem apartment complex displaces two residents 

A fire at an apartment complex off Peters Creek Parkway has displaced two people. About 50 firefighters from 18 companies with the Winston-Salem Fire Department responded to the two-alarm fire at The Arcadian, an apartment complex on Franciscan Drive, around 11 a.m., Wednesday. Firefighters had the flames under control within an hour, said Capt. Patrick Grubbs of the fire department. No one was injured. The fire spread to two apartments within a standalone building. It started in an apartment on the second floor. Grubbs said investigators were on the scene trying to determine how and where the fire started.  


Update: Man accused of setting ambulance on fire in Catawba County 

Authorities have charged a man accused of setting an ambulance on fire in Catawba County Tuesday night. Officials say the ambulance, owned by Catawba Valley Community Colleges (CVCC) Paramedic Training program, was stored in a rear parking area at CVCC East Campus. Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) cadets found the ambulance on fire and worked to extinguish the flames. A man was observed on campus surveillance footage near the ambulance just before the fire was discovered. On Wednesday morning, investigators located 52-year-old Paul Peter Lavoie in the Mountain View community. Evidence gathered led to Lavoie's arrest, but the motives associated with his alleged actions remain under investigation. Lavoie has been charged with breaking or entering to a motor vehicle and burning personal property.  



Jasper County: Fire chief hospitalized after his grandson, son-in-law allegedly beat him 

The grandson and son-in-law of the Levy Fire District chief are facing charges after a family dispute at the fire station Tuesday night turned violent, according to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office. Chief Doug Graham, 77, who police said was also threatened with a gun, was taken to Coastal Carolina Hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to Sheriff Chris Malphrus. Aaron Saxon, 41, the son-in-law of the fire chief, and Christian Saxon, 23, the chief's grandson, were charged with assault and battery in the second degree, Malphrus said. Christian Graham faces an additional charge of pointing a gun at his grandfather, according to the Sheriff's Office. The altercation began about 8:30 p.m after the Saxons went to confront Graham at the fire station over changed locks on a rental property, Malphrus said.  


Window air conditioner caused fire that displaced four people in Columbia 

An air conditioner unit in a window is the source of a house fire that displaced four people, said Columbia Fire investigators. The unit was in a bedroom and it caused an electrical issue, said officials. The fire happened on June 17 at a home in the 3500 block of Carver St. around 4:15 p.m. The fire damaged several rooms in the back of the house, according to officials. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported.  


Upcoming fishing tournament to benefit Spartanburg County fire chief battling brain cancer 

A Spartanburg County fire station will host a benefit fishing tournament aimed at helping the family of the fire chief, who is battling brain cancer. Firefighters said the tournament will be held on July 25 on Lake Hartwell, and all proceeds will help Chief Tommy Norris' family cover medical proceeds. The cost is $100 per boat and $10 for Big Bass Takes All. The winner will receive 30 percent of the purse with the remaining 70 percent going to the family. The tournament will be from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. and a landing has not yet been determined.  


No injuries reported after mobile home fire in Conway area 

The cause of a fire at a vacant mobile home in the Conway area is under investigation, officials said. Crews were called to reports of a structure fire in the 700 block of April Road around 5:18 a.m. Thursday, according to Horry County Fire Rescue. Officials said the fire is under control. No injuries were reported.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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