Firefighters responded to several utilities emergencies and reported structure fires over the past two weeks, including one Sept. 7 where a construction crew severed a six-inch natural gas line buried underground near the intersection of Jetton and Hamilton streets. PSNC Natural Gas technicians were able to repair the pipe, but firefighters from Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, and Mt. Mourne stood by with charged fire hoses and monitored the nearby air quality. Also this week, a vehicle struck a building on Northeast Drive, prompting a fire marshal to call a structural engineer to ensure the building was safe to inhabit.
At Davidson College, emergency personnel responded to a report of a gas leak in the Alvarez College Union and an elevator entrapment in the Dana Science building, as well as a fire alarm activation caused by burning biscuits in the Kappa Sigma fraternity house. Details on these stories and more (along with a tally of the week’s medical calls) may be found below.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 6:54 p.m., 406 Ridge Road, Davidson College Apartments – Engine 1 investigated a fire alarm activation and found that smoke from food cooking on an electric hot plate had triggered a smoke detector.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 12:30 a.m., 19116 Statesville Road, U-Haul Storage Lake Norman, Cornelius – Engine 1 responded to a fire alarm activation with the Cornelius Fire Department and secured a water supply before being released by the incident commander.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 1:47 a.m., 118 Patterson Court Circle, Kappa Sigma Fraternity House, Davidson College – Engine 1, Ladder 1, and Rescue 14 investigated a fire alarm activation and discovered that a pan full of biscuits had been left sitting on a hot stove, burning the biscuits and triggering a smoke detector. Firefighters reset the alarm system and turned the scene over to Davidson College Campus Police.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 7:37 a.m., 709 Northeast Drive – Engine 1, Ladder 1, and Rescue 14 were dispatched to a report of a car running into a building. Police officers were on the scene upon firefighters’ arrival, and it was determined that a vehicle had struck the building the day before. Structural damage to the building’s foundation was noted, and a Mecklenburg County fire marshal contacted a structural engineer to evaluate the damage. The engineer’s assessment determined that no load-bearing portions of the structure had been compromised.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 6:55 p.m., 21412 Aftonshire Drive, Cornelius – Engine 1 was cancelled while responding to a report of a structure fire in Cornelius.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 7:49 a.m., 18005 Callaway Hills Lane – Engine 1 and Rescue 8 responded to a report of an injured horse with a possibly injured rider. Upon arrival, firefighters found that no humans were injured, but the horse had been injured in the pasture overnight and had begun to overheat. Emergency personnel helped the owner of the horse cool the horse down with water from the fire engine.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2:53 p.m., Jetton Street at Hamilton Street – Engine 1 and Engine 3 investigated a report of an outside gas leak and found that a construction crew had severed a six-inch natural gas pipe that was buried about five feet below ground. PSNC Natural Gas technicians responded to the scene and controlled the leak while firefighters from Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, and Mount Mourne stood by with charged hoses and monitored the surrounding air quality. No injuries were reported. The street was closed for several hours during the incident. See our Sept. 7 news item for our original coverage.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 5:32 a.m., 618 Ardrey Circle - Engine 1 investigated a fire alarm activation and found that a smoke detector had triggered due to a malfunction. Firefighters helped the homeowner remove the malfunctioning smoke detector and advised him to replace it as soon as possible. Smoke detector batteries should be changed every six months.
SATURDAY, SEP. 8, 4:10 p.m., 217 Concord Road, Dana Science Building, Davidson College – Engine 1 assisted a passenger who was stuck in the elevator with the assistance of Davidson College Campus Police. The passenger was not injured, but firefighters locked out the elevator until it could be evaluated by a maintenance technician.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 1:28 a.m., 9011 Washam Potts Road, Cornelius – Engine 1 and Ladder 1 assited Cornelius and Huntersville firefighters at a structure fire by servicing as the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT). RIT personnel remain prepared to assist firefighters who become trapped or injured while fighting a fire inside of a structure.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 7:30 p.m., 423 North Main Street, WDAV Radio Station – Engine 1 investigated a fire alarm activation and found no hazards present. Firefighters determined that the alarm system had malfunctioned after thoroughly inspecting the building but still being unable to reset the alarm. Emergency personnel silenced the alarm and Davidson College Physical Plant personnel were notified of the problem.
MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 9:51 p.m., Baker Drive, Alvarez College Union, Davidson College – Engine 1 responded to a report of a gas leak inside of the Union Cafe. A cafe employee told firefighters that she smelled a strong odor of gas while walking past the stove. The entire building was evacuated while emergency personnel inspected it with a gas monitor, but no hazards were found. The cafe manager was advised to have the stove inspected before using it again.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 5:38 a.m., 19210 Meridian Street, Cornelius - Engine 1 and Ladder 1 were cancelled while responding to a report of a structure fire. The fire was determined to be burnt food on a stove by the Cornelius Fire Department incident commander.
MEDICAL CALLS, SEPT. 4-14
Following are the medical calls that the Davidson Fire Department responded to last week. The release of addresses and other details related to these calls has been restricted in order to ensure patients’ privacy.
- Abdominal pain: 1
- Back pain:1
- Breathing problem: 1
- Chest pain: 1
- Choking: 1
- Convulsions/Seizure: 1
- Fall victim: 2
- Headache: 1
- Heart problems: 1
- Psychiatric problem: 1
- Sick person: 5
- Stroke/CVA: 1
- Traffic accident: 1
- Traumatic injury: 1
- Unconscious/Fainting: 1
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