Pineville Firefighter Dies Battling Commercial Fire
NEW – Sunday, May 01, 2016 16:30 hours: Official Media Release (click to open PDF document)
PINEVILLE, NC (Mecklenburg) – A Pineville firefighter died while battling a fire at a one-story commercial strip shopping center Saturday night.
Three Maydays were reportedly transmitted during the incident. One other firefighter, reported as a Charlotte Fire Department member, has been hospitalized.
Link to audio file.
The initial departments on the alarm were Pineville and Carolina, dispatched at 21:03 hours. Charlotte Fire was requested to send mutual aid, first with a box (three engines, a ladder and Battalion Chief). The incident was upgraded to a three-alarm response.
Following are the CAROLINAS FIRE PAGE alerts for the incident:
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC | **2ND ALARM**
PINEVILLE, NC (MECKLENBURG) **2ND ALARM** 8500 PINEVILLE-MATTHEWS RD. 1 STRY COMMERCIAL HEAVY SMOKE SHOWING PINEVILLE VFD ENG-3 LAD-1 CAROLINA E3 COMMAND STRIKING A 2ND FULL BOX FROM CFD WITH EXTRA LADDER –MECK OPS 6 [CFP*3331] 21:19:45
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC | **3RD ALARM**
UPDATE CHARLOTTE, NC (MECKLENBURG) **3RD ALARM** 8500 PINE VILLE MATTHEWS. MAYDAY CALLED WITH 3 FIREFIGHTERS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BUILDING. CONTROL HAS BEEN CALLED ON THE FIRE AND PAR BEING ESTABLISHED AT THIS TIME. 1 FIRE FIGHTER BEING TRANSPORTED WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES 1 FOR SMOKE INHALATION AND 1 TREATED ON SCENE. ALL HANDS WORKING IN A 70K SQ FOOT STRIP MALL. CFD CAR 1 COMMAND. [CFP*3419] 22:19:57
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC | **LINE OF DUTY DEATH**
UPDATE PINEVILLE, NC (MECKLENBURG) **LINE OF DUTY DEATH** 8500 PINEVILLE-MATTHEWS ROAD. ONE FIREFIGHTER HAS DIED AFTER A FIRE AT A 1-STY COMMERCIAL BUSINESS. TWO OTHER FIREFIGHTERS INJURED. [CFP*700] 23:37:04
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West Meck and Pleasant Valley, SC (Lancaster) were providing coverage.
“Old” Google images photo.
Based upon real estate research, the fire building appears to date to 1976. Construction is described as concrete block on a slab foundation totaling 70,078.
“New” Google images photo.
The center appears to have received a renovation in recent years, and called the “Countryside Shopping Center”. It is unknown if a sprinkler system was installed at the time of the renovation.
Learn more about the Pineville Fire Deapartment.
Fire scene on Sunday morning. ATF, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte Fire Investigators on scene. Image courtesy @DiannaRuggonTV.
Lowered flag at Pineville Fire Department. Image courtesy @RobinFox46.
Image courtesy @AlexaWSOC9
UPDATES from Monday May 02, 2016:
Incident timeline from news conference with Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office:
Saturday, April 30, 2016
21:03 – Pineville Police respond for intrusion alarm, find smoke in the building.
21:06 – Pineville and Carolinas fire departments dispatched for a commercial structure fire.
21:10 – Fire units arrive on scene.
21:35 – Mayday declared.
21:43 – Downed firefighters removed from the building.
21:45 – Firefighter Sheltra transported to CMC Main.
22:00 – MEDIC arrives at hospital.
22:22 – Firefighter Sheltra pronounced.
Fire determined to be result of a lightning strike.
Arrangements are pending and will be posted on a new article when available.
UPDATES from Tuesday May 03, 2016:
From Pineville Fire Department – Pineville VFD Media Advisory – Attempt To Identify
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – A firefighter from Greensboro died Sunday after collapsing 500 yards from the finish line of the Chicago Marathon.