Seeing smoke in south Statesville Friday? Here’s why

Pictured above: A man shows where Friday’s training burn will take place – Picture courtesy of the Statesville Fire Department


Statesville Fire Department personnel will hold a training exercise on Friday, Nov. 15, on Wall St. between Salisbury Rd. and Monroe St. The exercise involves the controlled burning of a structure at 711 Wall St. and will begin at 8:30 a.m., ending by 2 p.m.

During this exercise, the public can expect heavy smoke in the area, as well as some traffic congestion. Streets may be partially blocked and alternate routes marked around the training site for most of the day. It is anticipated that the training will also result in elevated noise levels and bright lights from the fire equipment on the scene.

“This temporary inconvenience is necessary to obtain this level of training,” explained Statesville Fire Chief Spencer Lee. “This training is invaluable to the continued mission of our department to be ready to fight fires and save lives. It’s also a contributing factor in our national accreditation as a fire service and the ISO rating, which effects fire insurance rates,” he explained.

The property owners requested that the structure be burned. The timing coincided with the need to certify the new fire recruits enrolled in Mitchell Community College’s firefighter training classes, explained Captain Kyle Bell, who is overseeing Friday’s exercise. The fire department will watch over the fire until it is completely out. The property owners are responsible for removing the debris and re-scaping the grounds.

Because of the amount of water that will be used from nearby hydrants, some residents in the area may experience discolored water. To clear the water, run cold water in the bath tub for no longer than five minutes. If the water doesn’t clear up, call 704-878-3417 M-F, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If after hours, call the non-emergency police number at 704-878-3406.

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