Firefighter Shortage Hampers Efforts To Battle Blaze


It was a devastating morning Monday for an Elm City family in Wilson County as fire destroyed their home. Olivia Barne's family got out alive, but their home is a complete loss. Officials say the blaze was not the only problem for the arriving firefighters. The fire might have been extinguished sooner, but the first firefighters to respond, had to wait more than 10 minutes to enter the home because there weren't enough firefighters at the scene. County fires are fought by volunteer firefighters, many of whom have families and full-time jobs. Emergency management director Gordon Deno says low numbers of volunteer firefighters makes house fires even tougher to fight. It took more than four hours to put out the blaze. Investigators are still trying to figure out what started it.


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