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Tbbaco Barn Fire October 15th, 2009


    A local farmer lost not only a barn but a large portion of this year's tobacco crop as well early Thursday, Oct. 15.

    Mark Earle, Assistant Fire Marshal for Alexander County, confirmed that the barn, a metal structure, caught fire in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. It is located on the farm owned by Carl Sloan on Sharpe Mill Road in the Gwaltneys Community. He estimated the barn was worth about $20,000 and the tobacco crop loss which was stored Oct. 14 inside the structure at $30,000 to $40,000 or more.

    Sloan told The Times the structure--a tobacco drying barn--was purchased and brought to the farm in 1974. The building and its contents (about one acre's worth of tobacco) were claimed by the fire.

    Though the cause of the fire is not determined, Earle said the there were no signs of arson and the blaze was likely accidental in nature.


© 2009 The Taylorsville Times

Explosion Leaves One Burned

    At approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, Hiddenite and Stony Point Fire Departments responded to a brush fire at 6004 NC Hwy 90-E in Hiddenite. Alexander County EMS responded as one person was injured in the fire.
    A young man suffered burns to his face and arms after attempting to light a bonfire saturated with gasoline. Upon lighting, the fire flashed back and ignited a gas can causing it explode. The young man was transported to Iredell Memorial Hospital and airlifted to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
    Alexander County Fire Marshall Russell Greene was on scene to investigate. On Monday September 14, Greene stated that it was a "tragic accident." Greene also noted that he checked with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center staff and found the boy was in stable condition.

© 2009 The Taylorsville Times