Category Archives: FIRE

Arsonist receives prison term

SCOTT E. THOMAS  DISTRICT ATTORNEY State of North Carolina General Court of Justice New Bern, North Carolina – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven Superior Court yesterday, ELIJAH LOU PARENTE, 25, of New Bern, was convicted upon his guilty plea to two counts of arson, and was sentenced to prison. Superior Court Judge Ben Alford presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorneys Robert McAfee and Terry Light. In September, 2015, Parente intentionally set a fire inside an apartment on Red Robin Lane in New Bern, and…

Massive, wind-fanned fire destroys home in Oriental

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Cedar Island Fatal Fire

Carteret County Sheriff’s Office Major Jason A. Wank, Chief Detective 304 Craven Street * Beaufort, NC 28516 (252) 728-8400 RELEASE DATE: 06/10/2016 On Friday, 06/10/2016, at 4:48 am fire departments from Cedar Island, Sea Level, Stacy, and Atlantic responded to a house fire at 111 Briar Patch Rd in Cedar Island. Fire officials and law enforcement personnel were notified that the home may have been occupied by at least one person and a dog. Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Michael Panzarella and Fire Marshall Eddie Lewis confirm that one person perished in the fire and has since been removed fro…

PRESS RELEASE – Deadly Fire at Apartment Complex in New Bern

Pamlico County, NC – Structure Fire (Fatality) 5 January 2016

For Immediate Release: Pamlico County, NC – Structure Fire (Fatality) 5-January-2016 On Tuesday, January 05, 2016 at 0925 hours, Pamlico County Volunteer Fire Departments (Vandemere, Triangle, Goose Creek Island and Pamlico County Rescue Squad) with an initial “Tanker Task Force” Alarm for Grantsboro-Silverhill and Reelsboro Fire Departments were dispatched to 282 Swan Point Rd. in the Maribel Community of Bayboro, NC. Initial reports of Fire Conditions and confirmation of a victim entrapped within the structure constituted a Mutual Aid “All Hands…

‘Wet-down’ christens new substation

RIVER DUNES –Pamlico County relies upon volunteer fire departments – nine total – to cope with all types of emergencies. And, the department tasked with protecting the biggest, most valuable chunk of homes — Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department – christened a three-bay substation Saturday. Alton Spruill, chief of Station 19, praised River Dunes property owners and River Dunes Corp. for their roles in the effort. “River Dunes played a big part in helping with the vision of this substation,” said Spruill. “Everybody who owns property in this area pays a fire di…

Fire wreaks havoc

Community responds to needs of family By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer MERRITT – A devastating fire Sunday night that wrecked the home and lives of two brothers and their grandparents triggered an outpouring of community support over the last three days. Arapahoe Charter School where Lance is a sixth-grader, and Pamlico Middle School where Tom is an eighth-grade football player, are at the forefront of the recovery efforts. The boys are in temporary housing, thanks to the largesse of a Charter School family. And, the grandparents are in Red Cross-paid hotel accommodations in Oriental. B…

Acrid smoke hits Log Cabin Church early Thursday morning

  By Jeff Aydelette | Staff Writer GRANTSBORO – Firefighters responded to an alarm at Pamlico Christian Academy about 3 a.m. Thursday, but were unable to quickly pinpoint the source of smoke. The school is located in part of New Life Praise & Worship Ministries, known by many in the community as the “Log Cabin Church,” labeled as such for its unique log siding. Emergency vehicles from the Grantsboro-Silver Hill Volunteer Fire Department and similar units from Triangle Volunteer Fire Department remained on the scene as officials followed standard procedures in an attempt t…

Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 50 years

  By Mac Rubel | Special to the County Compass ARAPAHOE — This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the members of Station 15, Arapahoe Fire-Rescue, are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. “Everyone is invited,” said Fire Chief Chris Lee. “This is a special occasion and it is open to everyone in the County, especially all members of our sister stations, Pamlico Rescue, and the County Sheriff’s Office. We all work together as a community. We should share in the celebration too.” In addition to selling a plate lunch featuring either barbecue or fried chicken (or both), memb…

Town sounds off over siren

  Bob Dales, left, and Matthew Barnett of the Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department display the trusty — and recently refurbished — siren. By Judith Lynch | Staff Writer ORIENTAL — Over 50 interested citizens attended a meeting Monday evening as Mayor Bill Sage, town commissioners, town manager Bob Maxbauer, and several members of the Southeast Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department discussed the fate of a World War II era siren. At the center of controversy is the recently refurbished, now glistening bright yellow emergency/fire siren standing six feet high…
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