Overgrown Trees Could Hinder First Responders

In case of an emergency, you depend on first responders to get to you as fast as possible, but fire officials in Pine Knoll Shores say overgrown trees along the driveways of some beach front homes hinder fire engines and ambulances from getting to the scene as quickly as possible.

Pine Knoll Shores director of emergency services, Bill Matthias, says the department does not have the authority to force property owners to trim trees, so the department sends out warning letters and trusts people will comply.