80 Firefighters Called Out To Fire In Duplin County

Officials are investigating a fire at a home in Duplin County Saturday night. Firefighters say the blaze was so intense it took 6 fire departments and 80 firefighters to finally control it.

According to Pleasant Grove Fire Chief Fred Rouse firefighters were called to a single wide mobile home fire around 9:30 p.m. on the 400 block of Washboard Road in Mount Olive. When they got there the home was engulfed in flames.

Rouse says it took firefighters more than 3 hours to control the blaze.

No one was home at the time.

One firefighter was injured after he stepped on a nail.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire.


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  • by Lives in DC Location: DC on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:41 AM
    The departments that are vol. get money for building and fire truck upkeep. Its really not that much. They usually get the trucks and equipment by applying for grants. All other monies come from fundraising. It usually pays for there monthly bills such as electricity and other utilities, and often needed equipment. Occassionally, people make donations from the community. However, the ff's don't even get a pension when they retire from volunteering unless they paid for it out of their pockets and not the department funds. My parents, brother, sister, and myself were all volunteers. All we have from it was the gratification of helping others.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    I am very THANKFUL and BLESSED to have many friends who are Volunteers at the local Fire and Rescue Departments. I appreciate all that you do for our county and the others. People need to RESPECT our Volunteers more and as a matter of fact, RESPECT themselves with the comments they are posting on this site. Duplin County is a GREAT place to be and live. Do not put DUPLIN County down, watch out cause you never know when someone from Duplin might have to save you. Duplin County and Fire / Rescue Volunteers - you are Appreciated by me and my family. Keep up the good work!
  • by Thankful Location: Lenoir Coumty on Jan 9, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    I just want to take the time to thank all of the volunteer firefighters that responded to this call. You risked your life to help members of your community. Don't let ignorant comments discourage you. Your efforts are appreciated. Our community is so lucky to have you!
  • by Serious question on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    I see a lot of comments about volunteering and not getting paid. Don't you get gas money, tires for your truck, plus other benefits that are paid by the county taxpayers? Citizen's asking why so many FF (taxpayer money) were on the scene seems like a very fair question to me...
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      by Firefighters Girlfriend on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM in reply to Serious question
      These firemen work full time jobs to pay for their gas and their tires the firedepartment does not provide them. If your house was burning would you want to have more than enough people there and or not enough people and nothing of your house be able to be saved? seriously guys yall need to think about it. Not everyone lives in a paid fire district so you never know who will show up. When ever you grow some balls and join the volunteer fire department and put your life on the line to save others, i dont think you have anything to say. They never know how long they will be gone, or what the condition is. They just hear the tone and leave their families and everything to help others so seriously drop it.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 11, 2012 at 02:31 PM in reply to Serious question
      not sure what you know about a vol. orginazaion but the awswer is NO to all of your questions
  • by Joseph Location: Duplin County on Jan 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM
    Really people get a grip! These men and women get up in the middle of the night to go and save ur loved ones, your house and your belongings knowing that they will probably not get to go back home and go back to bed before they have to go and work at there full-time job then get off and either go to a fire meeting or do fire training and continuing education! So lets RECAP they were up all night away from there family to help save yours. Then they went to work at there paying job to provide for there family cause they are volunteers so they didn't get paid to be up saving your house and putting there life on the line for you. So don't sit up here and bash what volunteers do just be glad they decided to get up and take time away from there family to help you....Cause i promise they will do it everytime cause they love helping people in need....So until you decide to get out of your bed during the night and fight a fire or run a rescue call keep your negativity to yourself and when fire/ems shows up at ur house look at them and say thanks for what you do...
  • by Joe Location: Duplin County on Jan 9, 2012 at 09:17 AM
    I am a recently retired member of Pleasant Grove Fire/EMS. These men and women who volunteer never really know the situation until arrival on scene. There is much more to fire suppression than "spraying water on the fire." Support the volunteers who provide fire and EMS services in your community.
  • by Medic on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:03 AM
    Love all the stupid comments here. People need to realize that a lot more goes into firefighting then just fighting the fire. You have firefighters orcourse fighting the fire, driving tankers shuttling water, filling airpacks, checking for extension/protecting exposures, then you also have firefighters that are required to go to EMS rehab after every SCBA use to rest/recooperate and rehydrate. You need substantial man power when you have a structure fire based on the amount of jobs to be done and the required down time. These are men and women, not machines, they have to rest in the name of safety. Safety is key on any scene, and IC (Incident Command)did its job by utilizing resources. This can be very strenuous on the body incase you dont know. So before you go knocking these people who did and excellent job, know the facts, or better yet join and learn. 24/7/365 coverage for no pay, thats heart. I'll take those 80 volly's any day should something happen to my home. Again dont judge, especially if you werent there!
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 8, 2012 at 11:18 PM
    Be critical if you may -- How many of YOU TYPIST have gotten up at 2 or 3 in the morning in sub freezing temps... when the water mist off of the hose freezes to your face or your turnout gear freezes solid and stiff = even w/ the temp. of the fire. How many of YOU TYPIST have been in a fire when the AMBIENT temp. is 90 - 100 which would run your respiration about 140 with gear ====== Dag - don't be critical - We do this to help people and help them save their possessions, and to save lives...... I will make a deal w/ any of you critical ones and spend a weekend w. me and let's go to a few rescue/ fire calls....... Then you will understand what it is to miss the ballgame, or sit on your computer like an 'armchair quarterback'.
  • by VFF in DC on Jan 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM
    Y'all want to complain. How about you get up...put ur gear and airpack on in less then a minute...grab the hose and enter a burning building. We are volunteers and do not get paid, we do this because it is something we want to do. We had a fire alarm the other day and about 8 head so up..u can say that's alot but in our eyes we never know who is coming until we get to the department.
  • by supporter <3 on Jan 8, 2012 at 08:47 PM
    Too all you complainin about how many VOLUNTEERS responded to the call, be glad, thats what volunteer departments are for. people just need something to complain about these days. youd be complaining just as much if not one vff responded. They dont get paid and risk their lives to save yours. Thank you to all the firefighters that responded. I appreciate you all.
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