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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Traffic Collision Involving School Bus Claims the Life of 1

CHARLOTTE NC – A late afternoon traffic collision involving a Charlotte-Mecklenburg School bus claimed the life of the sole occupant in the SUV struck by the school bus.

Charlotte firefighters responded to the reported motor vehicle accident at the intersection of North Sharon Amity and Milton Roads just after 4 pm on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Fire crews arrived quickly and observed a school bus with extensive damage to the front-end and a SUV that had rolled over and come to rest on its roof.

Firefighters made haste to account for the occupants of both vehicles and make assessments for injuries. The bus driver and approximately 50 students from Devonshire Elementary School displayed no obvious signs of injuries, however the occupant of the SUV was critically injured and trapped in the vehicle.

Firefighters and Heavy Rescue Technicians worked tirelessly using specialized equipment to free the occupant from the vehicle in 8 minutes. Sorrowfully and despite their efforts, 34-year-old Ana Delia Rodriquez Umana had succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead on scene. The traffic collision was investigated by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.


Eternally committed to duty and service,

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

18 Displaced After Fire Races Through Condos

CHARLOTTE NC – At least 18 occupants were displaced from their homes after a fire raced through their north Charlotte condominium complex Monday evening, September 12, 2011.

Charlotte Firefighters responded to a reported fire at the Orchard Trace Condominiums just after 8:30 pm. Fire companies reported seeing heavy smoke billowing in the vicinity of the reported fire while enroute to the incident.

Fire crews arrived on scene and reported heavy fire conditions involving the second floor and flames visible through the roof of a large 2-story condominium. Firefighters scurried into action by deploying hoselines and searching the structure for occupants. Due to the intense fire conditions and potential for injury or loss of life, a 2nd alarm was transmitted bringing additional manpower and resources to the scene.

As the raging fire raced through the attic space, portions of the roof exhibited familiar signs of a catastrophic failure. Firefighters were forced to retreat and temporarily take up a defensive position and utilize and aerial ladder to rain down thousands of gallons of water to stop the forward progress of the flames.

After a hard fought firefight, the fire was knocked down and brought under control in 49 minutes by 50 firefighters. All occupants self evacuated prior to firefighters arriving. Three occupants sustained minor injuries, one of which was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-University.

Fire Investigators determined the fire began in a closet off the outdoor patio and mostly likely was caused by an electrical short. Occupants stated they attempted to extinguish the fire prior to the arrival of firefighters, but their attempt proved futile. Eight units sustained damage as a result of the fire and are uninhabitable. The American Red Cross assisted 18 occupants. Damage is estimated at $400,000.


Eternally committed to duty and service,

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

Firefighters Knockdown Stubborn House Fire

CHARLOTTE NC – Charlotte Firefighters battled a stubborn house fire just outside the city limits on Mount Holly Road Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m.

Firefighters from the City of Charlotte arrived on scene to find a large two-story home with heavy fire and smoke conditions involving the first and second floors. Charlotte firefighters sprinted into action and engaged in an intense firefight with the raging flames and were soon joined by volunteer firefighters from Mecklenburg County.

The vacant home located at 10901 Mount Holly Road, was constructed in the 1960’s house had been subject to multiple additions and renovations during the past 50 years. Firefighters were forced to navigate around holes that had been cut in the floor in near zero visibility because of the dense smoke conditions, however they were resilient in their efforts to knockdown the flames and bring the incident under control in 1 hour and 35 minutes.

(27) Firefighters were called to battle the blaze that caused extensive damage to the home. One firefighter was transported to Presbyterian Hospital for minor injuries. Fire Investigators were summoned to the scene to determine where and how the fire began.


Eternally committed to duty and service,

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

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