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We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.

Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.

The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.

Chapel Hill Police Travel-Safety Initiatives

Enhanced Efforts to Improve Safety on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

Residential Fire at 304 Burlage Circle, July ​16

Post Date:07/16/2017 7:20 PM

The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 4:41 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at 304 Burlage Circle. The caller reported a grease fire that was spreading.

One resident was transported to UNC Hospitals for smoke inhalation.

When fire personnel arrived on the scene, the fire had spread up a wall and into the attic. Firefighters worked quickly and diligently to limit the damage. The fire was under control in less than an hour. All available Chapel Hill Fire units were on scene and assistance was provided by the Carrboro Fire Department and Orange County EMS. The South Orange Rescue Squad provided rehabilitation for the firefighters. The New Hope Fire Department provided coverage in town while resources were focused on this incident.

The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

The National Fire Protection Agency has some helpful tips to keep in mind if you're involved in a cooking fire:

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
  • If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

For more helpful information about cooking safety, visit:

For more information, contact Ran Northam, community safety communications specialist, at or 919-969-4878.


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