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Firefighters with the Thomasville Fire Department were dispatched to the house fires at 116 and 118 National Highway about 3:30 a.m. Firefighters believe the fire started at 118 National Highway and spread to the adjacent house. The fire department arrived to find the home at 118 National Highway fully involved with flames.
Rocky Watts, division chief of code enforcement/fire marshal for the TFD, said the fire possibly started when a space heater came in contact with a blanket in the bedroom of Jacob La Pradd, a sixth-grader at Thomasville Middle School. The 12-year-old proceeded to attempt to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, got five people out of his house and then alerted a couple, Trevor Hines and Clarissa Logan, at 116 National Highway to leave their home.

Jacob went through his house, hollering “fire, fire, get up, there’s a fire on the house.” The boy said his goal was to make sure his neighbors exited safely as well. Jacob beat on their door, telling them there was a fire at his house and they needed evacuate.

Jacob said he used a pillow and a blanket to try to beat the fire out. He said the fire was getting out of hand, so he left it alone.

“It was getting too hot, and I can’t breathe that good either,” he said.

Battalion Chief Kevin Tolson of the TFD said the two homes were completely destroyed after the fire. Firefighters had the fires under control in about an hour-and-a-half.

“No smoke detectors were in 118 that I can find out,” Watts said. “According to the tenant, there were none present. Luckily the young gentleman in 118 was able to alert everybody.”

Watts said a total of seven people were displaced in the fires. Five people, including four children, lived at 118 National Highway. Two dogs got out safely at 116 National Highway. It was unclear if there were smoke detectors at that house.

“I do believe the little boy’s story in the fact that the fire started in his room,” said Watts, who called Jacob a hero. “He was very detailed in what he told me.”

Mickey La Pradd is Jacob’s father. He gave full credit to his son for saving his family’s life. La Pradd said he and five others — his four children and one of their friends — were at the house when the fire occurred.

“He’s actually responsible for saving eight people’s lives this morning,” the father said.

La Pradd said he operates a paint company and has a work truck. He said Thomasville firefighters may have saved his truck.

“I raise these children by myself,” he said. “(The vehicle is) the only way I get to work. I travel from Canada to the Florida Keys. … I needed my truck, and I asked the fire department to save my truck if nothing else. They done their best, and they may have done it. … They did what they could.

La Pradd said firefighters couldn’t do anything for the house. He said it was fully engulfed in flames within five minutes.

“My boy had less than two minutes to act to save all of us, and he done it,” the father said, adding he was glad everyone escaped without injury.

Jacob credited his efforts to quick reflexes. His father said his son wants to be a police officer.

“He is the moral police in our house,” Mickey La Pradd said. “He’s got a real good sense of right and wrong. Evidently, he’s a quick-thinker, too.”

A nearby business, Rick’s Accounting at 114 National Highway, also received some minor interior damage Friday morning. Watts believes a surge caused the fire inside of that structure. Three vehicles near the fires also were damaged. Two of them are total losses.

“It’s fairly unusual,” Tolson said of the fires. “Sometimes, it’s something you don’t have any control over. It’s unusual to have that many vehicles and structures involved in exposures.”

No injuries were reported in the fires. The homes are estimated to be only about 10 feet from each other. The Greater High Point-Davidson Chapter of the American Red Cross responded. La Pradd did not have renter’s insurance and is not sure what he’ll do next.

The fires occurred near Tommy’s Bar-B-Que. Belinda Smith, manager of the restaurant, said she arrived at work to find the houses on fire. The restaurant fed the families on the house, and Smith provided clothes to some of the children. Connie Carver, a waitress at Tommy’s Bar-B-Que, gave one of the displaced residents a Bible.

La Pradd said Thomasville Police Officer Joey Driggers used his own funds to buy La Pradd and his children clothes and shoes Friday morning. The father is appreciative of the community support.

The TFD had to call in off-duty personnel to help fight the fire. The Hasty Fire Department also assisted.

source: The Dispatch, Lexington, N.C.

A Thomasville business that refurbished mattresses was destroyed when a fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon.

According to Robbie Binkley, battalion chief for the Thomasville Fire Department, an employee at Top Notch Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning located at 6006 Ball Park Road in Thomasville was working in the building when the fire broke out around 3:35 p.m. There were no reported injuries.

“It is still under investigation, but there was one worker inside the building reconditioning mattresses,” Binkley said. “Something in the process of reconditioning the mattress caused the fire inside the building. “

Top Notch Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning was located in a garage-like structure on property adjacent to Malaska Motorsports. According to a nearby business owner who wished to remain anonymous, the carpet and upholstery business had moved into the location only a week ago.

Binkley said fire was located on the east side of the building, which consisted of three garage bays with rollup doors. Firefighters managed to keep the fire contained to this area and prevented the fire from spreading to the other half of the building, which was being used as storage by another business. Although the fire only damaged half of the building, it was deemed a total loss.

“Our guys were able to put it out just a few minutes,” Binkley said. “Actually, it didn’t get into the other side which had a lot of heat and smoke damage. Mattresses are very flammable and caused they a lot of black smoke”

The owner of business, Howard Stewart, was not available for comment. Thomasville City Fire Department and Hasty Fire Department responded to the call. Duke Power was called to cut electricity to the building to prevent any further possible damage.

source: The Dispatch, Lexington, N.C.

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Firefighters responded early Friday to a fully-involved house fire in Davidson County.

The Hasty Fire Department responded shortly after 1:15 a.m. to 581 North Old Greensboro Road.

The home has a High Point address, but is within the Davidson County lines.

Nobody was injured, according to officials at the scene.

Officials say a person lives at the home, but the person had already left for work when the fire broke out.

Authorities have been rerouting traffic around the scene as investigators work to determine what caused the blaze.

No other information was available.

source: Fox 8

DAVIDSON CO., N.C. — Four lanes of N.C. 109 are closed after a tractor-trailer caught fire Sunday afternoon in Davidson County.

No injuries were reported. Authorities said two lanes each of the south and northbound lanes and closed after the fire was reported around 3:45 p.m.

Authorities said 25 firefighters from the Hasty Fire Department, Pilot Fire Department and Thomasville Fire Department had the situation under control within about 30 minutes.

The driver of the truck said he heard a loud noise, pulled over and saw flames coming from the truck. The driver did not want to be identified. The truck was reportedly hauling cardboard.

Officials said traffic is being rerouted. The fire is still under investigation.

source: Fox 8