Emergency crews battle hot fires, cold temps

Emergency crews battle hot fires, cold temps

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by WCNC.com staff

WCNC.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 12:35 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Power crews, firefighters and police battled bitter cold Monday night along with various emergencies across the area.

The temperatures and wind made it challenging for emergency crews.

“It certainly isn’t ideal, but we’re prepared for it. And we’re expected to do that. We can operate as we should,” Bat. Chief Lance Foulks said.

Firefighters took on a fire at town home on Sharon Road, and officers directed traffic in the area for hours.

More than 8,000 people also lost power when a transformer blew on Providence Road near Cavendish Court, which caused power lines to catch fire.

“Fortunately I was able to get to a hotel room,” neighbor Doug Gravely said. “I have two small kids. I can’t chance it waiting to see when the power is going to come back on.”
   
The fire department said the fire was not heat related but there was not a smoke detector. The battalion chief said this is an important reminder, especially at this time of year, to have them installed.
 

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