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    North Carolina Firefighter Dies From Injuries

    North Carolina Firefighter Dies From Injuries

    Firehouse.Com News

    MECKLENBURG, North Carolina -- The North Carolina firefighter who suffered burns over 80 percent of his body in a fire Monday, has died in the hospital.

    Josh Earley, 23, a member of the Charlotte Fire Department and who also worked part-time at Harrisburg Fire & Rescue, responded with Harrisburg to a Mecklenburg house fire. While advancing a line into the first floor of the house, the wooden floor gave way and Earley fell about eight feet into the basement. Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department Captain Brad Christopher was behind Earley on the hose line. He and others pulled Earley from the fire, and Earley was eventually taken to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

    Christopher was transported to the hospital, treated for non-life threatening injuries and released Tuesday.

    A third firefighter, Keith Starns, from the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and a fourth, Jimmy Greene, Harrisburg Fire & Rescue and Charlotte firefighter, were also injured. They did not need to be transported to the hospital.

    Funeral arrangements are pending. Firehouse.Com News will post information as soon as it becomes available.



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    Fallen North Carolina Bravest Brought Home

    Fallen North Carolina Bravest Brought Home

    MECKLENBURG, North Carolina -- A fire apparatus procession of over 100 vehicles escorted a fallen North Carolina firefighter from a Chapel Hill hospital to a Charlotte funeral home, Thursday.

    Josh Earley, 23, a member of the Charlotte Fire Department and who also worked part-time at Harrisburg Fire & Rescue, was moved from the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals to Charlotte driving past Harrisburg F & R on the way according to Captain Ryan Pope of Harrisburg.

    He had responded with Harrisburg to a Mecklenburg house fire. While advancing a line into the first floor of the house, the wooden floor gave way and Earley fell about eight feet into the basement. Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department Captain Brad Christopher was behind Earley on the hose line. He and others pulled Earley from the fire.

    Christopher was transported to the hospital, treated for non-life threatening injuries and released Tuesday.

    A third firefighter, Keith Starns, from the Mint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and a fourth, Jimmy Greene, Harrisburg Fire & Rescue and Charlotte firefighter, were also injured and treated on the scene.

    Funeral arrangements are:


    Viewing: Friday, March 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
    Hartsell Funeral Home,
    13575 Broadway St. Midland, NC, 28107,
    Memorial/Funeral: Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m.
    Hickory Grove Baptist Church,
    6050 Hickory Grove Rd., Charlotte, North Carolina 28212,


    Burial will be a private family ceremony following.

    Earley is survived by his father Kenneth, mother Margaret and brother.


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    Officials say fire that injured firefighter began at stove

    Posted on Wed, Mar. 06, 2002

    Officials say fire that injured firefighter began at stove

    ROBERT F. MOORE AND ERIC FRAZIER
    Staff Writers

    Combustible materials left near a wood-burning stove in an east Mecklenburg home caused the blaze that critically injured a Charlotte firefighter, officials said Tuesday.

    Josh Earley, 23, suffered burns to more than 80 percent of his body during the fire Monday afternoon. Earley is at a burn unit in Chapel Hill. Charlotte Fire Chief Luther Fincher said it was the worst in-the-line-of-duty injury in decades.

    Officials on Tuesday said they are investigating the firefighters' tactical response to the fire about 12:15 p.m. on Harrisburg Road. They're also organizing a recovery fund for Earley.

    "Right now there's no indication they could have done anything differently," said Donnie Beard, Mecklenburg's fire marshal. "But we want to look at everything. Hopefully we can prevent this from happening to anyone else."

    Hospital officials would not be specific about Earley's treatment, but said patients with serious or life-threatening burn injuries often face a lifelong recovery once the acute phase is over. Initial treatment generally includes pain medication, wound dressings and round-the-clock monitoring.

    Earley, working a part-time job for the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department, while on an off day from Charlotte, was one of several firefighters to attack the blaze. In the confusion outside the burning house, firefighters thought onlookers said someone was inside. Earley, holding the nozzle of the fire hose, was the first to approach the fire. He was on his hands and knees, set to crawl through heavy smoke, said Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal Donnie Beard, whose office is investigating the blaze.

    The wooden floor gave way without warning and Earley fell about eight feet into the basement. Witnesses described it as a fiery pit. Brad Christopher, a captain with the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department, was right behind Earley on the hose line, Beard said. Once in the basement, Earley may have climbed onto a four-foot high tool chest to reach Christopher's outstretched hand.

    "At first their fingers barely touched," he said. "It was a struggle (to reach Earley)."

    Christopher, on the first floor and leaning part of his body into the exposed basement, was burned on the shoulders and ears as he pulled Earley from the flames, Beard said. Christopher was released from Carolinas Medical Center Tuesday.

    Jimmie Greene, a full-time Charlotte and volunteer Harrisburg firefighter, suffered minor injuries. Keith Starnes, a Mint Hill volunteer firefighter, also suffered minor injuries. Greene could not be reached.

    Starnes declined comment, but issued a written statement:

    "I am deeply saddened by the events," he wrote. "As firefighters, we train and realize the possibility for a tragedy of this type exists. The fact is you never think it will happen to you."

    Volunteer firefighters from Robinson and Newell also responded to Monday's fire.

    They were faced with a weak floor at the one-story house, extreme heat and a fire that had been burning several minutes, officials said. The homeowner tried to put it out using a garden hose before calling 911. He was out of the house when firefighters arrived.

    Investigators said there was gasoline in the basement near the wood-burning stove that contributed to the fire.

    The owner was not cited in connection with Monday's fire. He was cited in January, accused of running an illegal junkyard with automobiles and small engine parts littering the property.

    A judge ordered the homeowner to clean up the property, said Cary Saul, Mecklenburg's director of land use and environmental services. The zoning violation applied only to the exterior of the house, Saul said.

    As Earley recovers, firefighters have filled in at Station 27. Some are being paid. Others volunteered. The nine firefighters assigned to the station that serves the University area are in Chapel Hill. The contingent includes two captains and a battalion chief.

    Officials said firefighters from around the region have called or gone to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to offer support.

    James Killian, a firefighter and close friend of Earley's, was the first to volunteer, working the injured firefighter's shift. Earley has been with the department about 15 months and has not accumulated much leave.

    "Today is my day off, but I'm giving my time to Josh," Killian said. "It's part of the brotherhood. That's all I can do right now."


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    Robert F. Moore: (704) 358-5934; rfmoore@charlotteobserver.com


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    Earley, Joshua Brandon

    Age: 22
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 03/04/2002
    Incident Time: 12:22
    Death Date: 03/06/2002

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Burns
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue, Inc
    6450 Morehead Road
    Harrisburg, North Carolina 28075
    Chief: Charles Greene

    Initial Summary: Firefighter Earley died as a result of burns received at the scene of a structure fire when while advancing a line into the first floor of the house, the wooden floor gave way and Earley fell into the basement.


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