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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

18 people displaced by Gainesville apartment complex fire

A Monday afternoon fire at an apartment complex on Park Hill Drive in Gainesville left 18 people without a place to stay. Division Chief Keith Smith with the Gainesville Fire Department said a neighbor saw smoke and flames coming from a unit on the end of Building D at the Versailles Apartments and called 911. "We have two apartments that were heavily damaged by fire and two bottom apartments that were damaged by smoke and water and the remaining two apartments on the upper level have smoke damage, as well," Smith said. No injuries were reported, and Smith said the occupant of the unit where the fire is believed to have started had left home just minutes before the fire was discovered. "The occupant had actually left the house around 1 o'clock and then received a call from the apartment complex letting him know that his apartment was the one involved with fire," Smith said.

DeKalb County to hire 30 new firefighters after receiving federal grant

DeKalb County just announced they will be hiring 30 new firefighters. The announcement comes after the county received a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The $5.8 million grant will be used to pay for the 30 new firefighters’ salaries and benefits over the next three years. Officials announced the additional firefighters will aid in reducing response times to all calls, including fire and emergency medical calls. “We are excited about the opportunity to enhance our capability to provide a quicker and more effective service to the citizens of DeKalb County,” DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnell Fullum said. Less than one percent of fire departments in the United States received this award.
WGCL-TV CBS 46 Atlanta

Fire crew rescues dog from burning Atlanta home

An Atlanta man and his four-legged best friend were reunited Monday night after a devastating residential fire. Atlanta Fire Rescue responded to the fire on Griffin Street around 8 p.m. Occupants of the home managed to escape uninjured, and though shaken up a bit, the dog was also uninjured. The home sustained severe damage, however a cause has not yet been determined.
WGCL-TV CBS 46 Atlanta

Savannah Fire extinguishes fire at vacant structure

Savannah Fire crews responded to a structure fire in West Savannah early Monday morning. According to the Savannah Fire Department, firefighters extinguished a small fire in a vacant structure at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and West 32nd Street. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Monday, November 30, 2020

Deadly fire in southwest Atlanta

A tragic ending to Thanksgiving in southwest Atlanta, after a late-night fire leaves a man dead. The blaze broke out on Veltre Circle, off of Cascade Road, just before midnight. Firefighters arrived on the scene within four minutes. That's when neighbors told them a man was trapped inside the home. While some of the firefighters tried to put out the flames, others searched for the victim. Sadly by the time they found him in the kitchen area, it was too late. The identity of the victim hasn't been released. Firefighters say he appeared to be elderly and that no one else was inside the house when the blaze broke out. No firefighters suffered any injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WAGA-TV Fox 5 Atlanta

3 treated after inmates start fire at Fulton County Jail, officials say

Three people were taken to the hospital Saturday morning after inmates started a fire inside the Fulton County Jail, authorities said. Atlanta firefighters responded to the jail about 9 a.m. after inmates set two mattresses on fire, Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford told The fire was out by the time crews arrived, but one guard suffered from smoke inhalation, he said. The blaze caused relatively minor damage, but there was still heavy smoke when firefighters got there. Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said the fire started on the seventh floor of the jail and was quickly extinguished by employees. As a precaution, two employees and an inmate were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, she said. The fire remains under investigation and no additional details have been released. Authorities have not said how many inmates are responsible for burning the mattresses.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Savannah Fire Department extinguishes 2 fires

The Savannah Fire Dept. (SFD) responded to two early Thanksgiving morning fires. At 2:14 a.m., firefighters were sent to a reported fire on the 1300 block of East 54th Street, where they found light smoke streaming from the front door of the home and forced entry. Firefighters said no one was there at the time of the fire and it was unclear if the house was permanently occupied. About three hours later, at 5:23 a.m., firefighters were sent to a reported fire on the 200 block of Millen Street. Firefighters said they found heavy smoke streaming from a vacant house under renovation. According to the SFD, firefighters forced entry into the home, searched for occupants and extinguished the fire. No injuries were reported at either fire and the cause of each fire is under investigation, according to SFD officials.
WTGS-TV Fox 28 Hardeeville

House fire in Chickamauga

There was a house fire in Chickamauga, Georgia Thursday morning. Cpt. Chad Regal said the Walker Fire Department received a call about a house with flames billowing from the roof on Georgia 341. He said when crews arrived there was heavy smoke coming from the house. Regal said the fire occurred in the attic and the fire department was able to contain it in 15 minutes. “Fire was contained to the attic of division two, fires crew arrived very quickly and found there was heavy smoke showing from division two in the attic. They began a fire attack and quickly knocked it out and got it under control,” said Regal. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WDEF-TV CBS 12 Chattanooga

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