No one likes a house fire, except for pyros and people who get excited about sirens and flashing lights. Once again, the area near Greensboro and Henderson Streets became a hotbed of activity this week because of a burning older home. once again, it was the neighbors who were aware of what the smoke from a house fire looks like that saved the lives of animals, if not people. Fire engines and emergency personnel from around the area performed an admirable job within ten minutes of the initial 911 call.
It’s that old wood, from decades ago, that is dry and ready to burn that continues to be an issue. Whether it’s the two homes on Henderson, the one on Stone Street, or this new one on Greensboro, we all live on a very flammable island full of untreated wood that may one day be our undoing…again. The Great Fire of 1934 destroyed over 100 cottages.
New construction methods and a more efficient emergency response will prevent anything that catastrophic from happening again, but the people who chose to live on a slice of Paradise, in a fire trap, should do everything they can to protect themselves, their roommates, and their animals from the dying. Every home needs smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. Educate yourself about fire prevention and escape. It’s a nice beach, but not one worth burning to death over.
The following info is on the WBFD website: http://www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com/Departments/Fire/FirePrevention/tabid/93/Default.aspx
Free Smoke Detectors & Fire Extinguishers
In interest of promoting fire safety in our community, The Wrightsville Beach Fire Department is distributing free smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to Town residents & property owners.
A member of the fire department will deliver the equipment and explain the proper procedures for operating it.
Sign up for your delivery appointment today. Call the fire station at (910) 256-7920 or email Chief Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quantities are limited, so equipment will be distributed one per residence on a first come, first serve basis.
This program is sponsored by the Wrightsville Beach Volunteer Firefighters Association, Inc.