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Archive for April, 2012

Driver’s quick thinking credited with keeping bus fire from being worse

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A scary field trip for students in Brunswick County, when their activity bus caught fire on the way back to school. It happened this afternoon near NC 87 and Funston Road.

Forty people from Leland Middle School were on the activity bus. They were returning from a field trip around 1:30 p.m. when the bus driver heard a loud “pop” and then pulled off the road.

Flames tore through the entire length of it. Despite all the damage no one was hurt.

The driver, who is also a Leland Middle School teacher, pulled off the road after hearing the pop, noticed smoke, and quickly got all the students off the bus. He then called 911.

“The quick and decisive action of the driver and the school’s personnel was really helpful,” Brunswick Co. Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said. “That’s exactly what they should’ve done and that kept it from being a potentially bad situation for everyone involved.”

A bad situation, because within minutes, flames had engulfed the activity bus. Then, a tire exploded and flew up in the air, finally landing in a yard nearby.

Firefighters, the sheriff’s office, emergency services and the school superintendent all responded.

The school district says the fire started at the rear of the bus. It was reported that the tires were on fire, but because this was a rear-engine bus, it could’ve been the engine that was on fire.

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Firefighters searching for missing Marine return to Cape Fear River

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Firefighters returned to a dock at the end of Market Street on Tuesday to investigate a report of a suspicious smell.

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High-IQ societies work together on group activities

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Members of the local Mensa Chapter recently held a meeting with the newly formed Intertel Chapter to discuss cooperation in activities.

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Crews close lanes of South 17th to battle flare-ups

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

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UPDATE: Pine Valley fire has reignited

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department says the brush fire at 17th street between Independence Blvd. and George Anderson Dr. has flared up again.

Chris Walker, with Wilmington Fire, says the flare-up is inside the containment area. Walker says the eastbound lane of 17th street between Independence and George Anderson is currently close while fire crews try to put out the flames.

The Wilmington Fire Department and NC Forestry did a controlled burn around 11:00 a.m. to help cut down fuel to the wildfire in Pine Valley.

We will bring you the latest information on WWAY Newschannel 3 at 5:00.

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