A Soperton man lost his life early Wednesday morning as a result of a house fire. Soperton Fire Chief Lee Henry said firefighters were dispatched to a single story frame dwelling around 2:00 a.m. where they found the structure engulfed in flames and the lone occupant of the home deceased.
Chief Henry said the State Fire Marshal was called to investigate, and his initial findings are that the fire started in the kitchen area around a surge protector. The Fire chief said the body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, as is standard protocol in such deaths.
Treutlen County Sheriff Tommy Corbin said the man has been identified as 66 year-old Timothy Wayne Graham, and that Graham's autopsy determined that he died of smoke and soot inhalation.
Southeast Georgia Today
A firefighter, who was potentially in contact with 20 co-workers, has contracted COVID-19, according to the Savannah Fire Department (SFD).
A spokesperson said the firefighter was exposed to the virus outside of work.
The firefighter initially tested negative for the virus and took some time off of work. After experience some symptoms for COVID-19, they took another test and received a positive result.
According to SFD, the firefighter had been away from work for 10 days when they tested positive. There are 20 co-workers who potentially came in contact with the firefighter.
“This is their 11th day of self-monitoring and the 13th day since the initial contact,” SFD stated. “Following medical advice and CDC guidelines, all 20 co-workers remain at work.”
None of the employees show symptoms, the fire department said. All continue to self-monitor and have been tested as a precaution.
WSAV-TV NBC 3 Savannah
The City of Carrollton’s public safety departments were awarded $38,464 by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.
“This grant enhances our ability to protect the citizens while reducing the risk of virus spread to our citizens and public safety personnel,” said Fire Chief Jimmy Bearden.
The city’s police and fire departments are using the grant money to purchase personal protective equipment.
“We are very thankful for this grant from the Department of Justice and the partnership we have with the Carrollton Fire Department,” said Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards.
Emergency Supplemental Funding Program dollars can be used to pay for equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), supplies like protective coveralls, gloves, masks, gowns and sanitizer and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails and detention centers.
Augusta Fire says firefighters have contained a fire that broke out at Hal Powell Apartments on Broad St. Wednesday evening.
According to the Augusta Fire Public Information Officer, Jason DeHart there was a fire on the second floor, in which two were pulled out. Officials say the victims have been treated for smoke inhalation and that no injuries have been reported.
DeHart says an investigator has been called down and are working to clear the scene at this time.
WFXG-TV Fox 54 Augusta