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Friday, February 16, 2018

Woman dies as fire guts East Dublin home


A GBI crime lab Thursday is trying to confirm the identity of a woman killed in an East Dublin house. It happened early Wednesday at a home at 16-1 Highway 29 South. "The front part of the house was fully-involved in flames when the first unit arrived. I think the flames was already through the roof and we started having some collapse of the roof," said Laurens County Fire Chief Don Bryant. "So we had a big fire upon our arrival." Bryant says they're still investigating the cause of the fire, which caused heavy damage to the front of the home. But the power company turned off the electricity in the house earlier this week, and the two people inside were using candles for light, he said.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Hinesville adds to firefighter insurance


The city of Hinesville has enrolled in the Firefighters Cancer Benefit Program through the Georgia Municipal Association. The enrollment in the fully insured program, backed by The Hartford, allows the city to be in compliance with House Bill 146, benefit firefighters and be conscious of taxpayers. “This is a great step that our state and the city of Hinesville have taken in order to support our firefighters and their families,” Hinesville Fire Department Chief Lamar Cook said. “As firefighters, we do everything we can to protect ourselves, like wearing protective gear and respirators to help with breathing, however, contaminants can still seep in through our skin. This insurance program gives our firefighters a small piece of mind.”
Coastal Courier

Macon: Blighted home fires dangerous for firefighters


Every day, firefighters risk their lives trying to keep us safe, but in Macon, blighted homes make their job even harder. “It’s a problem for us,” Battalion Chief Ronnie Napier said. “It’s the blight that’s all over Macon. You’ll find people that are living in houses that are vacant, that have no power, electricity, or gas and they keep warm the best they can.” He says, many times, fires they start inside homes get out of hand. Already this year, Macon-Bibb firefighters have battled fires at 15 blighted homes. In 2017, they responded to 64 vacant home fires, and they battled 42 blighted blazes. “These vacant houses sit here for years and years with no maintenance,” Fire Investigator Ben Gleaton said.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Severely burned victim sues Amazon after hoverboard fire destroys his Pooler home


Irvin R. Love was searching Amazon for the perfect Christmas gift for his girlfriend’s daughter when a hoverboard popped up at a bargain price. But the $264 hoverboard that was supposed to make Christmas 2015 special ended up torching Love’s Georgia home and leaving him so badly injured that doctors resorted to placing cadaver skin over his severe burns, according to a new lawsuit. The hoverboard wasn’t even plugged in when it ignited, starting a fire so hot that it melted the gun safe inside Love’s home in Pooler, which is near Savannah.
WSB AM-750 & FM-95.5

White powder leads to evacuation of Rome housing authority office building


The Northwest Georgia Housing Authority offices were evacuated Thursday afternoon when a white powdery substance was found underneath the desk in Executive Director Sandra Hudson's office. A Gordon County hazardous materials response unit responded to 326 West Ninth St., where Heath Derryberry used a portable IR spectrometer kit to analyze the substance and was able to determine that it was not hazardous. "That's what we wanted to hear," said Rome-Floyd County Emergency Management Director Tim Herrington. Rome Police initially responded to the call regarding the discovery of the white powder at 10:52 a.m. Thursday and took a report.
Rome News-Tribune


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Coweta County Fire Rescue named best in the state


Less than three years after assuming EMS duties for the county, Coweta County Fire Rescue is now the best in the state when it comes to emergency medical response. In a ceremony held at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot in Atlanta on Tuesday night, the Coweta County Fire Rescue Department received the highest honor bestowed by the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services – the 2017 State of Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year. “I’m so proud of our team for this great accomplishment,” said Chief Pat Wilson. “The CCFR Team exemplifies the true meaning of ‘Service Excellence,’ and I can assure you that we will continue to provide the highest level of ‘All Hazards’ service delivery for the citizens and visitors to Coweta County. This is our commitment to an amazing community.”
Newnan Times-Herald

Duo sentenced in Cobb County court after being convicted of stealing guns from firefighters


A man and woman convicted of stealing dozens of firearms out of vehicles at area fire stations will spend the next several years behind bars after being sentenced on Wednesday. Ayana Dayshina Forest, 22, and Elisha Howard Ross, 26, both of Lawrenceville, were sentenced after each pleaded guilty to two counts of racketeering and 46 counts of entering an auto to commit a crime. Police say the pair hit 52 fire stations, an ambulance service, the Smyrna headquarters of Glock Incorporated, 11 residences in Acworth and more than 200 vehicles throughout metro Atlanta.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Feel the love: Macon seniors hit the dance floor with special guests at Sweetheart Ball


Macon residents Jan and Wallas Taylor have been married for 59 years. “She wakes up smiling every day," said Wallas Taylor. The couple shared a special dance at the John Wesley Villas Sweetheart Ball to celebrate Valentine's Day on Wednesday. Local firefighters and military planned the heart-filled event for the seniors who live there. Fire Inspector Carrell Rembert, Sr., said, “They paved the way for us, so to take time out to enjoy this time and spend with them it’s very monumental for them as well for me." Pink firefighter hats and chocolates covered each table as men and women cut the rug to the "cupid shuffle."
WGXA-TV Fox 24 Macon

Tanker truck catches fire on I-85 in Gwinnett County


A loaded gasoline truck caught fire on I-85 in Gwinnett County, blocking northbound lanes for nearly four hours early Thursday, officials said. Crews responded to the scene after witnesses alerted the truck driver to the fire and called 911 just before 3 a.m., Gwinnett fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. The driver stopped the truck on the interstate and attempted to douse the flames with a portable extinguisher, Rutledge said. The flames, however, were coming from the rear tandems when firefighters arrived on scene. “Crews quickly deployed an attack hose line and extinguished the fire,” Rutledge said.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution







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