Daily Dispatch: North Carolina News
Out of control flames gut home in western Mecklenburg County
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 01:57:23 -0800
VIDEO: A massive fire destroyed a home in western Mecklenburg County early Friday. Charlotte firefighters along with several area volunteer fire departments were called around 1 a.m. to the home along Mount Holly Road. Channel 9 crews were the first to arrive at the scene and captured incredible video of the huge flames as the house burned out of control.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 1:57:23 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
Blue Cross NC announces $8 million commitment to rural North Carolina health initiatives statewide; First responders, fire departments to benefit
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 09:05:26 -0800
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, as part of its commitment to serve all 100 counties in North Carolina, announced an investment of $8 million toward initiatives addressing the challenges facing rural areas across the state. Cheryl Parquet, director of community and diversity engagement at Blue Cross NC says, "Blue Cross NC is committed to improving the health and well-being of every North Carolinian, no matter what part of the state they call home.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 9:05:26 AM - SOURCE: WNCT-TV CBS 9 Greenville
No injuries in Charlotte commercial car business fire
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 03:52:54 -0800
VIDEO: A commercial car business building caught fire early Friday morning in northwest Charlotte. The fire broke out at a building on Mount Holly Road, where smoke and flames could be seen pouring from the roof. Several cars were parked outside the business and did not appear to be affected. No injuries were reported in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 3:52:54 AM - SOURCE: WBTV CBS 3 Charlotte
Lifesavers, survivors honored at 7th annual Hearts & Heroes in Cabarrus
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:50:55 -0800
While many avoided the snow, nearly 300 people convened Thursday for the Cabarrus County EMS Hearts & Heroes event. The event reunites cardiac survivors and the teams that performed life-saving interventions. The celebration took place at the Laureate Center in Kannapolis. A national model for cardiac care.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 5:50:55 PM - SOURCE: WBTV CBS 3 Charlotte
West Buncombe Fire Department opens new sub-station
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:03:36 -0800
With a dedication prayer by department chaplain Gary Cole and a few turns of brass fire hose couplings by Chief Randy Ratcliff (retired) and Board Vice President Vernon Dover, the West Buncombe Fire Department officially opened its new Station 2 at 724 River View Church Rd. on Saturday, February 15th.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 1:03:36 PM - SOURCE: Asheville Mountain Express
North Carolina volunteer fire departments face firefighter shortages
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:02:18 -0800
Firefighters do much more than fight fires. Firefighters can be found at car crashes, fuel spills, medical calls and more. It is a heavy load for all firefighters, especially with a shortage in the volunteer firefighter population in recent years. Officials say the Southwest Volunteer Fire Department in Jacksonville is one of many in the state impacted by a decrease in volunteerism.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 11:02:18 PM - SOURCE: WCTI-TV ABC 12 New Bern
First responders gearing up for potential winter weather in Gaston County
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800
Just as our first alert weather team has been getting you ready for the possibility of winter weather, our first responders are doing the same. Gaston County Emergency Medical Services says the next 48 hours can get extremely busy, especially if icy conditions impact roads. Even if the roads are clear from ice, first responders say getting to you inside your house can be a whole different situation.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTV CBS 3 Charlotte
New RTP company sets out to help protect firefighters from job-related cancers
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800
VIDEO: Firefighters rely on their gear to protect them from heat, toxins, and cancer-causing chemicals. Now, Underwriters Laboratories, based in Research Triangle Park, has a new lab where scientists are working to make sure that gear is providing the best protection possible. Most firefighters can tell stories about the loss of a friend or a coworker — not to fire, but to cancer.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Goldsboro
Man dead after electric unit fire in Mooresville home just celebrated 87th birthday, friends say
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 05:01:07 -0800
One person, identified by friends as an 87-year-old man, is dead after a home caught fire in Mooresville early Wednesday morning, Lake Norman fire officials confirm. The fire sparked around 4 a.m. at a home on Shoreline Loop, blowing off the roof and all the windows at the home. Fire officials believe there was only one person inside the home when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 5:01:07 AM - SOURCE: WBTV-TV CBS 3 Charlotte
Firefighters rescue truck driver who fell 75 feet from I-85 bridge in Rowan County
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:44:08 -0800
PHOTO: Firefighters and rescue workers performed a complex operation to rescue a truck driver who had fallen 75 feet from the I-85 bridge in Rowan County Wednesday morning. It happened just after 2:30 a.m. Rescue officials say the incident began when a car hydroplaned and struck the side of the northbound bridge over the Yadkin River in Rowan County.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 6:44:08 AM - SOURCE: WBTV-TV CBS 3 Charlotte
Lincoln County man sets mobile home on fire after fight with mom
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 01:44:12 -0800
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says a man set a mobile home on fire following a domestic incident. On Feb. 18, deputies and firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home fire on Forest Wehunt Road in Cherryville. Upon arrival, first responders found out that Scott Andy Norman, 34, got into an argument with his mother and became irate, damaging several cars and setting a mobile home on fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 1:44:12 AM - SOURCE: WJZY-TV FOX 46 Charlotte
Update: Arson cause of September fire at historic Balls Creek Campground, investigators say
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 05:41:03 -0800
A massive fire that ripped through dozens of cabins last September at a historic campground in Catawba County has been determined to be intentionally set, according to investigators with ATF. The large fire happened on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. The fire destroyed at least 40 tents (cabins) and damaged several others at the Balls Creek Campground, Catawba County Emergency management said.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 5:41:03 AM - SOURCE: WJZY-TV FOX 46 Charlotte
New program makes housing more affordable for teachers, first responders in Charlotte
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 15:02:23 -0800
They protect our neighborhoods and help our children learn, but many of our police officers, teachers and firefighters can’t afford to live in the communities they serve. Eyewitness News anchor Allison Latos discovered a new effort to make Charlotte’s housing crisis more affordable for them and how it has already changed one teacher’s life.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 3:02:23 PM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
Man faces charges after fire guts Salisbury business
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 10:46:33 -0800
A Salisbury business owner is accused of breaking into another business and setting it on fire early Sunday morning. Police charged 60-year-old Thomas Cohen with felony burning other buildings and breaking and entering. The fire started at Salisbury Millwork on Corporate Circle around 3 a.m. Firefighters worked for two hours to put the fire out and prevented it from spreading to another nearby company, but the blaze gutted the business.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 10:46:33 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
Gray's Creek Fire Chief finds grandson among the injured after plane crash at training event
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:45:25 -0800
Three students participating in an event showcasing careers in aviation were injured Monday afternoon when the plane they were in went down at the end of a runway at Cape Fear Aviation at Gray's Creek Airport off Butler Nursery Road. The trio and an instructor were on board the 1974 Cessna C172 at the time of incident.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 3:45:25 PM - SOURCE: WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh
Firefighters battle large blaze at May Furniture in Ramseur
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:53:00 -0800
PHOTO: Fire crews are battling a large fire at May Furniture on Reed Creek Road in Ramseur, Tuesday morning. The fire broke out around 5 a.m. Erik Beard, Fire Marshal with Randolph County Fire, says an officer spotted the flames and called 911. Fire crews rushed to the scene in about six minutes.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 3:53:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
Effort To Restore Goldsboro's 1919 Fire Engine Gains Steam
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 02:44:04 -0800
The effort to restore an over 100-year-old piece of Goldsboro history is gaining momentum. Monday, Goldsboro Fire Chief Joe Dixon and Mayor Chuck Allen each donated $1,000 to the effort to restore the historic 1919 LaFrance fire engine. Mayor Allen says the idea is to lead by example and hopefully prompt more citizens to donate to the effort.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 2:44:04 AM - SOURCE: Goldsboro Daily News
11 people are displaced from their homes after an apartment fire in Burlington
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:39:24 -0800
11 people on Grace Avenue are without a home after an apartment fire on Sunday night, according to the Burlington Fire Department. The department said all 11 people managed to evacuate and were not injured. The Burlington Fire Department said firefighters arrived in just over three minutes and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the apartment.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 1:39:24 PM - SOURCE: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
Two people rescued in Tubbs Inlet after jet ski capsized
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 07:36:51 -0800
Two people were rescued from Tubbs Inlet overnight after their jet ski lost power and capsized. According to a Facebook post, the Sunset Beach Fire Department was called to assist the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. “Surf conditions were rough and the tide was turning out, which resulted in the victims being pulled out to open water,” according to the post.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 7:36:51 AM - SOURCE: WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington
One dead after fire in Pink Hill
Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800
PHOTO: One person has died in an early morning fire in Pink Hill. The Pink Hill Fire Department and other mutual aid fire departments were sent to a home on Potters Hill Road just before 6:00 a.m. and found the house ablaze. Crews began extinguishing the fire and searching the house and officials say during their search, they found a victim who had died in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCTI-TV ABC 12 New Bern
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