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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Intentionally Set Fire Destroys Church Building

On April 30th, 2011 at 1:53 PM (6) Companies of Charlotte Firefighters, (1) Heavy Rescue Company, (2) Fire Investigators, and (2) Battalions Chiefs under the direction of Battalion Chief Mike Wilson were dispatched for a reported building fire at 6237 Rumple Road, Bible Presbyterian Church. Due to numerous 911 calls and a smoke column visible from two miles away, a working fire assignment was added at 1:54 PM.

Firefighters from nearby Engine Co. 22 arrived at 1:55 PM and reported heavy fire in a one-story vacant apartment building behind the church sanctuary. A large brush fire was also spreading from the fire building and threatening exposures. Fire crews engaged in an intense firefight with the well-entrenched fire and were beginning to make progress, but conditions were not tenable enough for search crews to enter. Firefighters used an aerial master stream to control the brush fires and protect an exposed shed building.

As conditions improved crews enter the structure from windows and searched the building, the search proved negative. Firefighters were resilient until all smoldering fires were extinguished. (31) Firefighters were needed to knockdown the fire and bring the incident under control in 23 minutes. There were no injuries to firefighters or citizens, and the building was a total loss.

Fire Investigators determined this fires as well as the fire, which occurred on March 30th, 2011, were intentionally set. Anyone with information pertaining to the cause of these fires is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704.334.1600.

Eternally committed to duty & service,

Mark Basnight | Captain

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