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Friday, July 12, 2024

Macon gas pump catches on fire after car crashes into it, fire department says

A fuel pump erupted into flames Thursday night after a car crashed into it, Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Shane Edwards says. It started as a two-car crash at 9 p.m. at 1924 Forsyth Street. That's the Citgo gas station at the convergence of Forsyth Street and Hardman Avenue. One of the cars crashed into a curb but another flew further and slammed into a fuel pump, which caused both the car and fuel pump to catch on fire, Edwards said. However, the fire was extinguished when crews arrived on the scene. While there were some injuries, they were not major enough to require ambulance transport to the hospital. At around 10:20 p.m., law enforcement and emergency services cleared the scene, leaving the owners of the gas station to take stock of the damage.
WMAZ-TV CBS/CW+ 13 Macon

Valdosta child gets to be fire chief for a day

VIDEO: A Valdosta child got a chance to live out a job in his dream field by being chief of the Valdosta Fire Department for a day. During a reading session with several children, Valdosta Police Department’s Chief Leslie Manahan joked that kids like to be police officers rather than firefighters. However, Badan Hamlin said that he did want to be a firefighter and follow in his grandfather’s footsteps to serve his community. His grandfather was a captain in the Quitman Fire Department. VFD Chief Brian Boutwell heard about Hamlin’s enthusiasm and then invited him to be chief for a day! As chief, Hamlin got to lead a meeting with command staff, inspect a fire truck, ride in the truck and help set up a ladder. In a statement, the department said in part, “VFD looks forward to the day Badan might join the fire service as a professional firefighter.”

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Large fire burns apartment building in DeKalb County

VIDEO: DeKalb County firefighters battled a massive fire at an apartment complex in Clarkston Wednesday afternoon. An eight-unit building at the Plantation Condominiums on Montreal Road was ruled a complete loss. Firefighters first responded to the fire just before 2:30 p.m. First Alert Chopper could see heavy smoke billowing from the gutted out building. In total, 18 firefighting vehicles, including engines, trucks and rescue units, were used to put out the fast-moving fire. “We’re pleased to say that nobody was injured today in the fire,” DeKalb County Fire Captain Jaeson Daniels said. “Although, we do have several units that suffered damage from the fire.” Jean Paul Karimunzira was taking an afternoon nap before he woke up to the smell of smoke. The apartment tenant quickly sprang into action, heading towards the burning building to save some of his neighbors.
WANF-TV CBS 46 Atlanta

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