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Archive for April, 2012

Pine Valley fire completely contained

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department and NC Forestry Service are fighting a woods fire off of George Anderson and 17th St. near Independence Blvd.

Units on scene say the fire spread to about 50 to 60 acres.

30 homes were evacuated and three homes on Charles Payne Drive suffered minimal damages. At this time firefighters are letting everyone back into their homes.

A viewer emailed us to report he smelled smoke in the area around 2:30 this afternoon, saw smoke by 4:30 p.m. and flames at 5:30 p.m.

The fire is also near the Cameron Art Museum, which was asked to evacuate.

Helicopters have been dropping water and the fire which is now contained.

Officials say a homeless person may have started the fire and no shelters are expected to open.

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Review of Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion due

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — The 18th Airborne chief of staff will present the findings of an inspection of the Warrior Transition Battalion, which soldiers and spouses have said wrongly accuse troops of faking illness or injury to prevent them from getting full military benefits.

Brig. Gen. Michael X. Garrett will present the findings from the 18th Airborne Corps inspector general this afternoon at Fort Bragg.

The commanding general of the 18th Airborne and Fort Bragg ordered the inspection after hearing concerns from spouses of soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion. The investigation began in mid-February after an advocacy group told Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick that some soldiers in the battalion believed they are being overmedicated, poorly treated and unfairly discharged.

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River search suspended for missing Lejeune Marine

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Crews have suspended their search for a Camp Lejeune Marine reported missing in the Cape Fear River.

The Public Affair’s Office at Camp Lejeune has confirmed he is Lance Cpl. John J. Pruitt of Fontana, CA. He is assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division.

Police say Pruitt either fell or jumped in the Cape Fear River late last night. A search for Pruitt resumed around noon today.

Wilmington Police, EMS, the Wilmington Fire Department, Water Rescue, as well as the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Coast Guard assisted at the scene. Crews also used helicopters and sonar to search for Pruitt.

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Dozens of Pine Valley homes evacuated, residents watch as smoke fills sky

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a scary afternoon for many in Wilmington, as they watched smoke fill the sky, not knowing if the fire would engulf their homes. Luckily, only a few houses were damaged and no people were injured.

“I ran in the house, grabbed all the pictures I could, threw it in the truck and left,” said Richard Keegan, who evacuated his home in the Pine Valley area. “It looked like California was burning, how intense the flames were up in the trees.”

“I saw it was really close to my neighborhood and I saw the fire coming off the tops of the trees and that sort of thing,” said Mike Giles, who did not have to evacuate, but stood by to watch crews work to contain the fire. “We stayed there for about two hours making sure the wind wasn’t going to switch directions.”

The Wilmington Fire Department estimates that about 30 homes were evacuated. Around 8:30 Monday evening, people were allowed to return home. Three houses on Charles Paine Drive did see minimal damage.

“I think the fire department did an outstanding job and seemed to have fought the fire from Charles Paine into the woods to protect the homes and I think that’s what saved an awful lot of homes,” Keegan said. “Just an outstanding job. Smart play.”

The Wilmington Fire Department says people will still see smoke for a while and are advised to call 911 if they see flames. The fire department will be out all night with the NC Forestry Service to make sure it stays contained.

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Rapid woods fire threatens homes, prompts evacuation

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Firefighters work for hours to contain blaze that crept toward houses, museum

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