Ten Georgia College students who were living in a two-story historical house when it caught fire and destroyed Sunday night in Milledgeville managed to escape without injury.
The large wood-frame structure, known as the Theta Chi House, was located at 230 N. Columbia St. near Montgomery Street and had stood there for more than a century.
The only report of injury was to a Milledgeville firefighter who received what was described as a minor injury. He was treated and released from the emergency room of Navicent Health Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville Sunday night, according to Milledgeville Fire Chief William Collier.
City firefighters worked alongside fellow firefighters from Baldwin County Fire Rescue battling intense flames that roared high above the rooftop of the large house, which had been subdivided into six different student apartments, Collier told The Union-Recorder.
Retired Fire Prevention Director for Bibb County Larry Smallwood was named Fire Inspector of the Year by the Georgia Firefighters Inspectors Association.
Fire Chief Marvin Riggins, 18 firefighters and County Manager Keith Moffet were there to support him at the 47th annual Firefighters Recognition Day at Georgia's State Capitol.
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Smallwood spent 40 years as an inspector on the local and state level before retiring in 2015.
He still teaches fire inspection at the Georgia Fire Academy and is a founding member of the inspectors association, even serving as its president.
"Director Smallwood is a great choice for this recognition because he has devoted his entire adult life to serving and protecting the people of Macon-Bibb and Georgia through code development and enforcement," said Riggins, in a press release.
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Butts County fire officials on Monday were investigating the cause of a fire at a vacant Flovilla home.
Firefighters were called the home, in the 100 block of Randall Avenue, just after 6 p.m. Flovilla Fire Chief Shane Thompson said the home was unoccupied, and had no electric or gas service. He said firefighters saw smoke and flames when they arrived.
Thompson said it appeared the home was in the process of being remodeled. A for-sale sign was seen posted in the front yard.
“No one was inside the house, and there was no furniture in the house or anything like that either,” Thompson said. “One room’s contents were on fire and that was it.”
Butts County Fire Marshal Glen Goens said the fire was confined to the living room of the home, which contained trash bags and construction debris. He said the fire did not appear to be accidental.
Eight emergency responders — ranging from police officers to firefighter personnel to EMS technicians — were honored at Cartersville Medical Center’s 2019 Heart of Service Awards on Friday.
“It’s an opportunity for us to recognize our first responders who do so much for us in the community,” said CMC CEO Chris Mosley, “in sacrificing, in working long hours and putting themselves sometimes in harm’s way.”
The hospital’s EMS/business liaison Brad Cothran served as the emcee for the ceremony.
“It started a few years back when Jan Tidwell was the EMS liaison here at the hospital,” he described the history of the awards luncheon. “She decided to come up with these awards to give out to the individuals in public safety who go above and beyond their regular, everyday duties to help in the community.”
The Rev. Willie J.E. Coombs of Greater New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church gave the opening invocation for this year’s event.
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Calls to 911 came rushing in Saturday night from people seeing smoke in the Flowers Baking Company vicinity on South Madison Street and the surrounding area.
The smoke resulted from a fire in the insulation of a bakery oven's exhaust stack.
"The bakery employees took swift action, immediately notifying the fire department and evacuating the bakery," said Paul Baltzer, Flowers Foods Inc. vice president of communications.
Thomasville Fire/Rescue received the fire call at 9:26 p.m. Saturday. Smoke was coming from the roof when firefighters arrived, said Tim Connell, fire/rescue chief fire marshal.
Connell said flames were coming through the exhaust flue.
He said firefighters found the fire 90 percent self-contained because of the blaze being in an enclosed oven stack.
Firefighters, who were at the scene until 11 p.m., doused hot spots until it was determined the blaze had not spread from the stack.
A hotel in Norcross caught fire Monday night on Brookhollow Parkway.
Gwinnett firefighters went to the Knights Inn Hotel to put out the flames at the single-story building.
When crews arrived, those inside were already in the process of evacuating.
Two units were heavily damaged and a third received moderate damage. Most of the damage was contained to the end units, officials said.
The cause of the fire us unknown at the time, but investigators believe it was accidental and was sparked by an electrical malfunction with the HVAC system in an unoccupied unit of the hotel.
The investigation is still ongoing.
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