A coastal fire department has been fined nearly $15,000 for health and safety violations last year.
The North Carolina Department of Labor leveled 12 serious violations and five non-serious violations against the Indian Beach-Salter Path Fire Department. Fines total $14,450.
The violations stem from a November 2nd complaint after the fire department burned a vacant home on Ballpark Road for training and then tore down the house. The Labor Department says the house contained asbestos tile flooring which they say employees removed without taking proper safety precautions.
The state says other electrical violations were found at the fire department's building on Salter Path Road.
The fire department has 15 working days to either pay the fine, request an informal conference or file a notice to appeal the penalty.