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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fire Destroys Home Leaves 4 Homeless

(Charlotte, NC) A fire destroyed an east Charlotte home and left the occupants homeless early Sunday morning November 3rd.

Firefighters were dispatched shortly before 1 a.m. and reported heavy smoke emitting from a 1-story home at 6410 Teague Lane when they arrived on-scene. Crews made hast to account for the occupants, stretch hoselines into the interior of the home and connect large diameter water supply hose to a nearby fire hydrant. While engaged in the firefight crews encountered “Collyer’s Mansion” conditions in the burning home, a term for clutter derived from Homer and Langley Collyer, two reclusive brothers who became famous for their compulsive hoarding at their uptown New York Fifth Avenue home in the 1930s and '40s.

Because of these conditions, firefighters faced the challenge of clutter impeding their access to reach the seat of the fire. A Ladder Company deployed to the roof and strategically cut a hole in the roof allowing heat, smoke and super-heated gases to escape. This procedure aids fire suppression efforts and is commonly referred to as topside or vertical ventilation.

The sum of (35) Charlotte Firefighters were resilient until the fire was knocked down and the incident was brought under control in 21 minutes. The home was a total loss and the family was left wondering where they would stay. Fortunately the Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene and assisted the (4) adults and a dog with procuring temporary housing. The cause of fire was electrical in nature and deemed accidental. There were no injuries.   

Responding Units: BC04, E23, E34, E42, L23, BC02, E15, R03, E27, E07, C808, C809


Eternally committed to duty & service,

Mark Basnight
Public Information Officer
Office of Media & Public Affairs
Charlotte Fire Department

Firefighters Urge You to Stay Alert, Stay Safe, Change Your Battery

(Charlotte, NC) - Daylight Saving Time 2013 ends on November 3, 2013 at 2 a.m. Remember to fall back and set your clocks back by one hour. Change Your Clock, Change your battery marks the dawn of both the winter and holiday seasons. Charlotte Firefighters would like to offer our friends and partners just a few safety tips in effort to keep the most wonderful time of the year from turning tragic. During the month of October firefighters have responded to several structure fires involving candles and cooking. With the temperatures expected to drop in the upcoming weeks, this is also the time of year we experience a rise in incidents involving carbon monoxide.

With that said, firefighters would ask everyone to “STAY ALERT” by staying in the kitchen while cooking and please don’t allow yourself to be distracted. Food left cooking unattended still remains the number cause of residential fires. 

STAY SAFE” - During the holiday season, the use of candles increases for decoration, faith-based activities and unfortunately for those left without a power source for various reasons. Consider utilizing flameless candles, however if you choose to use traditional candles please exercise extreme caution. Never leave candles burning unattended. 

STAY ALIVE” - Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. This colorless, odorless and tasteless gas can be produced by faulty fossil fueled heating appliances. Please have regular preventive maintenance performed on your HVAC system, gas logs, chimneys and wood burning stoves. 

Finally and may be most importantly, have a plan for the unexpected, a working smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm. A working smoke & carbon monoxide alarm may be the best life insurance policy you ever purchase.


Eternally committed to duty & service,

Mark Basnight
Public Information Officer
Office of Media & Public Affairs
Charlotte Fire Department
Saturday, November 2, 2013

Traffic Collision Claims the Lives of 4

(Charlotte, NC) A violent traffic collision claimed the lives of four men in south Charlotte early Friday morning November 1st.

First Responders were dispatched to the reported motor vehicle accident at 12710 South Tryon Street in the Rivergate community at 12:44 am. Firefighters from Charlotte Fire Station 37 arrived a short time later and located a single passenger vehicle overturned and on its roof adjacent to the driveway entrance for Steele Creek Crossing Shopping Center. After a quick assessment, the crew found a total of four patients, two trapped in the wreckage and two in the median apparently ejected from the vehicle. All four had sustained severe traumatic injuries.

While Firefighters and Rescue Technicians feverishly worked to free two victims, unfortunately paramedics pronounced the two male patients found in the median dead. Rescue efforts persisted until crews gained access to the injured in the vehicle. Still partially trapped in the wreckage, two additional male victims were found to be mortally wounded and pronounced dead. Sadly, the horrific traffic collision claimed the sum of four lives. The cause of the collision is under investigation by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Responding Units: E37, E26, E38, L26, R10, BC05

Eternally committed to duty & service,

Mark Basnight
Public Information Officer
Office of Media & Public Affairs
Charlotte Fire Department
Sunday, October 27, 2013

House Fire Displaces Family of Six

(Charlotte, NC) A fire at an east Charlotte home displaced a family of six Sunday morning.

Residents at 7106 Cityview Drive called 911 stating their home was on fire. Charlotte Firefighters from Fire Station 3 arrived shortly after 9:15 a.m. and observed smoke coming from the family’s 2-story home. Crews quickly accounted for all family members and launched an aggressive fire attack stretching hoselines into the structure. Firefighters worked diligently for a period of 16 minutes until the flames were knocked down and the incident was brought under control. In all (27) Firefighters were called called to the scene.

The fire began in the chimney and spread to an adjacent wall. Damage estimates stand at $10,000 and there were no injuries. The Carolinas Chapter of the Red Cross was summoned to the scene to provide assistance for the family.

Charlotte Firefighters remind our friends to exercise the following safety precautions when using a fireplace…
  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  • Leave glass doors open while burning a fire.

Responding Units: BC04, E03, E14, E42, L23, E29, R03, BC01

 
Eternally committed to duty & service,

Mark Basnight
Public Information Officer
Office of Media & Public Affairs
Charlotte Fire Department

1 Injured in Apartment Fire

(Charlotte, NC) A man was injured and transported to Carolinas Medical Center after a fire broke out in a triplex during the pre-dawn hours Sunday.

The fire occurred on October 26th, at 3100 Bank Street in the Southside Park community. Firefighters from Fire Station 12 arrived on-scene shortly before 2 a.m. and reported an active fire on the first floor of a 2-story apartment building. They were met by an injured occupant and immediately rendered aid. Crews stretched hoselines and connected large water supply hose to a nearby fire hydrant for the ensuing firefight. Additional teams of firefighters carefully searched the structure for occupants, however none were found.

A well-coordinated fire attack by (27) Charlotte Firefighters resulted in the knockdown of the fire and control of the incident in 14 minutes. A candle left unattended on a bed was determined to be the cause of the fire. Most of the damage was confined to the fire apartment and estimates stand at $15,000. The fire displaced two occupants, one of which was transported to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Charlotte Firefighters would like to remind you to exercise these safety precautions when using candles.
  • Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Extinguish candles after use and before going to bed.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.

Responding Units: E12, E02, L02, E04, E10, R10, BC03, BC01, C807, C810


Eternally committed to duty & service,

Mark Basnight
Public Information Officer
Office of Media & Public Affairs
Charlotte Fire Department

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