Goldsboro Fire Department battles five major structure fires
By Jack Stephens
Published in News on July 9, 2004 1:57 PM
The Goldsboro Fire Department put out five major structure fires among the 188 calls that it answered in June.
The fires -- four of which occurred in kitchens -- caused an estimated total of $78,200 in damages, Assistant Fire Chief N.E. Sasser said in the department's monthly report.
The two most serious fires occurred on June 1 at 715 Devereaux St. and 605 Courtyard Circle.
Unattended cooking was blamed for the Devereaux Street fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the early morning blaze. No one was injured, but two occupants needed oxygen.
Damage was estimated at $28,000 to the rental duplex apartment and $3,500 to contents. The home, owned by Sherman Best of Goldsboro, was valued at $45,000 and contents were valued at $5,500. The occupant was listed as Queen Lamb.
The fire on Courtyard Circle also started in the kitchen. When firefighters arrived, they saw heavy smoke. Unattended cooking also was blamed, fire officials said.
Damage was set at $35,000 to the apartment building and $7,000 to contents in Shashonda Williamson's home.
The building was valued at $750,000, and contents were valued at $50,000.
Three other building fires resulted in less than $3,000 in damages.
Another kitchen fire at 606 S. Taylor St. caused about $1,500 in damages to the home and $600 to contents. The home was valued at $80,000, and contents were valued at $30,000.
Unattended cooking caused a fire June 16 in a kitchen of a home at 507 S. Pineview Ave., officials said. Damage was estimated at $1,800 to the home, occupied by Constance Coram, and $300 to contents.
The home, owned by Archie Lockamy, was valued at $90,000. Contents were valued at $5,000.
A faulty clothes dryer was blamed for a fire June 22 at 119 Sandy Drive. Damage was put at $500 to Karen Cox's home and $2,000 to contents. The home was valued at $71,000 and contents were valued at $30,000.
Department personnel also took part in 407 hours of company training and 1,787 hours of individual training, Sasser said.
Department training was held in rapid intervention drills and physical fitness. Company training was conducted in equipment operations, engine company drills, snorkel skills, hose practice, street skills, ladder skills, search and rescue, self-contained breathing apparatus, friction loss, aerial operations, air bags, hose lays, forcible entry and fire behavior.
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