Daily Dispatch: North Carolina News
Greenville firefighters teach kids fire safety
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:35:43 -0700
Thousands of local kids are learning how to handle emergencies and keep themselves safe. Firefighters in Greenville have been meeting with schools and daycare locations across the city in recognition of Fire Prevention Month. Kids get to see a firefighter in full turn out gear so they learn not to be scared if a firefighter attempts to help them.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 6:35:43 PM - SOURCE: WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville
Follow up: Person found dead after Archdale apartment fire identified
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:43:19 -0700
Archdale police have released the identity of the person found dead after an apartment fire in Archdale. Firefighters were called to the complex on Brookwood Circle at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. When firefighters got there, they could see smoke coming out of one unit. Firefighters extinguished the fire and Tina Coble Norris, 50, of Archdale, was found dead.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 1:43:19 PM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8
Camp Lejeune firefighters dance for fire prevention
Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Firefighters at Camp Lejeune are using their creativity to teach fire safety to children. The fire prevention department at Camp Lejeune Fire and Emergency Services spent approximately three weeks learning a song and dance to teach children about fire safety in a memorable way. Fire Inspector Bob Penrod says the children really enjoyed the lesson.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCTI ABC 12 News
Huntersville road shut down while crews repair cut gas line, officials said
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:47:37 -0700
A Huntersville road was shut down Thursday night while crews work on fixing a cut gas line, firefighters said. All southbound lanes on Old Statesville Road south of Hambright Road are blocked until further notice. Authorities said the gas line was cut due to construction in the area. The Huntersville Fire Department said Piedmont Natural Gas digging crews would arrive and fix the leak.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 6:47:37 PM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
Community remembers fallen White Lake firefighter
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 20:15:22 -0700
The Town of White Lake remembered volunteer firefighter Mildred Gray Williams on Wednesday. Williams fell to her death Tuesday while doing construction on the Bladen County Water Rescue building. “Everybody knows her by Gray,” Tammy Black, who was good friends with Williams, said. When Tammy Black says everybody, she’s not kidding.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 8:15:22 PM - SOURCE: WWAY-TV ABC 3 Wilmington
One Person Found Dead After Archdale Apartment Complex Fire
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 18:38:08 -0700
According to Randolph County EMS/Fire, one person was found dead after an apartment fire broke out at 306 Brookwood Circle in Archdale. The call came in around 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening Randolph Fire says. Both Guilford and Randolph County fire teams responded to the fire. It is yet to be determined whether the fire was the cause of the person's death or whether the person was already dead prior to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 6:38:08 PM - SOURCE: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
Charlotte Fire Department promoting first African American woman to the rank of engineer
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 11:05:21 -0700
The Charlotte Fire Department will be promoting an African American woman to the rank of engineer for the first time on Saturday. Venessa Roy was hired as a firefighter on Sept. 21, 2009, and is currently assigned to Fire Station 28, located at 8031 Old Statesville Road. "It's a blessing to see your hard work pay off and I can say that I'm excited to take on my new role as an engineer driver operator,” Roy said.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 11:05:21 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
Fatal crash involving tractor-trailer shuts down I-40 west in Iredell County
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:00:38 -0700
One person was killed and two others injured in a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer in Iredell County Wednesday afternoon. The wreck, which also involved an SUV and a pickup truck, happened before 2:45 p.m. on I-40 about two miles east of the I-77 interchange near mile marker 156, shutting down the interstate’s westbound lanes.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 2:00:38 PM - SOURCE: CBS 17 News
Laptop catches fire in Lewisville classroom, forcing school evacuation
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 02:08:16 -0700
Officials in a North Carolina school district are recalling approximately 20,000 Chromebooks after one of the laptops overheated and began smoldering inside a third grade classroom. A student at Lewisville Elementary School was using a laptop Wednesday morning when it began to smolder. The student yelled “fire,” and the teacher immediately evacuated the classroom.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 2:08:16 AM - SOURCE: WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville
Charlotte: Gas leaks caused by work crews up 40% from last year, officials say
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:37:25 -0700
Channel 9 noticed a large number of gas leaks lately and after some digging confirmed a 40% increase in leaks caused by work crews. “It was actually coming into the windows it was so bad. It was a very strong smell,” said resident Ann Marvin Griffiths. Griffiths said she was at home in Matthews last week when a work crew struck a natural gas line near her home.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 3:37:25 PM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
Whitelake firefighter dies after falling from building while replacing roof
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 03:11:08 -0700
A White Lake firefighter was killed after falling from a building in Bladen County Tuesday morning. Officials say Mildred Gray Williams, 37, of White Lake, died after she fell approximately 15 feet while working to replace the metal roofing of the Bladen County Water Rescue Building in White Lake. Williams, who is a firefighter for the White Lake Fire Department, was pronounced dead at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 3:11:08 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17 News Goldsboro
Favorable conditions for a busy wildfire season; North Carolina Forest Service urgingcaution
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:17:35 -0700
Fire officials are having flashbacks to the fall of 2016 when wildfires burned nearly 60,000 acres across North Carolina. Sam Griffith, with North Carolina Forest Service's District 10 office, says this year could be just as bad, if not worse. The N.C. Forest Service uses readiness plans to determine its daily staffing levels for emergency response resources.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 8:17:35 PM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8
Smithfield grant provides Rose Hill new fire truck
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 18:00:58 -0700
A $150,000 grant from Smithfield Foods has allowed the Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a new fire truck with a 100 foot ladder, a bucket on the end, and a nozzle on that. Until now, when a truck like this was needed in or near Rose Hill, officials said they had to call them in from other departments that are 20 to 30 minutes away.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 6:00:58 PM - SOURCE: WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville
Cary: parents find out about school bus fire from social media
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Parents in one North Carolina school district say, if it wasn't for social media, they never would have known there was a massive fire on their children's school bus. Chris Michaels said he realized something might be wrong when he started getting notifications about bus delays on Twitter last week.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 6 Action News
Insurance premiums slashed up to 25 percent after Holly Springs FD receives highest state rating
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 19:46:38 -0700
Some Holly Springs business owners will soon see their insurance premiums slashed more than 25 percent, thanks to the fire department ranking among the top 1 percent in the nation. "We're in the top half of one percent of all departments nationwide," said Holly Springs Fire Chief LeRoy Smith. The town just improved its class rating to 1.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 7:46:38 PM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11
As Drought Intensifies, Controlled Burns Combat Wildfires and Preserve Southern Forests
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:39:01 -0700
Threats of forest fires are on the rise. That’s due to a flash drought -- or a drought that strikes suddenly -- that’s sweeping across North Carolina and 13 other southern states. September’s record high temperatures and lack of rainfall are leading officials to implement fire bans in some areas of the South.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 11:39:01 AM - SOURCE: WHQR-FM 91.3
US 64 reopens in Nash County after fatal crash
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 01:44:50 -0700
A truck that paints lane lines on highways ran off U.S. Highway 64 near Spring Hope on Monday night, killing one person and setting some woods on fire, authorities said. The crash occurred at about 7 p.m. near mile marker 444, and the State Highway Patrol shut down all eastbound lanes. Authorities said a 40-year-old man, the only person in the truck when it crashed, died.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 1:44:50 AM - SOURCE: WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh
Fire department rap wins big for safety message
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
It only took 154 seconds for firefighters from Wilson, Rocky Mount and Greenville to drive home important safety tips, but in doing so, they won big for their communities, taking home the grand prize in a national video contest urging people to close their doors before going to sleep. “It’s incredible to see these amazing interpretations of the Close Before You Doze message,” said Zoe Susice, director of research amplification at the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Wilson Times
Family of 3 displaced after overnight house fire in north Charlotte
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 07:49:12 -0700
A family of three has been displaced after a fire broke out at their home overnight in north Charlotte. According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the fire broke out at a home located in the 1800 block Jennings Street. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to get the fire under control. No injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 7:49:12 AM - SOURCE: WJZY Fox 46 Charlotte
100+ First Responders Searching For Missing Stokes County Teen
Sun, 06 Oct 2019 19:35:28 -0700
Search efforts continue Monday morning for a missing teenager in Stokes County. Authorities say 15-year-old Cheyenne Sizemore was reported missing from her home near South Stokes School Road on Sunday. The Stokes County Fire Marshal's Office says more than 100 first responders searched wooded areas for the girl last night and into early Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2019 7:35:28 PM - SOURCE: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
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