Georgia News

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Investigator saves 2 children from burning car in Talbot County

PHOTO: Cpl/Investigator Kiyanna Johnson saved two children from a fiery vehicle on Highway 96 in Talbot County. The Talbot County Sheriff’s Office says, on Sept. 25, Johnson was doing a routine patrol when she received information about a wreck on Highway 96/Butler Highway at mile marker 3. Johnson arrived at the scene a found a vehicle flipped over and on fire. The corporal assisted in saving a one-year-old and six-year-old from the burning vehicle. “Without the Cpl Johnson’s persistent proactive patrols, we very easily could have had a major fatality if she had not been there to save the small children,” a statement shared from the sheriff’s office’s Facebook. The office also adds if there are any questions regarding the wreck, to contact Georgia State Patrol Manchester Post 34 directly.
WTVM-TV ABC 9 Columbus

Atlanta Fire Rescue, hospital leaders working to improve 911 response times

It’s a race to improve slow 9-1-1 response times. With Atlanta Medical Center’s closure on the horizon, city and hospital leaders are working to help stem the delays at Grady EMS. It’s an issue that has plagued areas of the city for years. Atlanta’s Public Safety Committee held a meeting Monday to hear from Grady EMS, which provides EMS services to the City of Atlanta and over a dozen counties. Grady Hospital and EMS are preparing to absorb more patients and improve 911 response times. “The last two and half years have been beyond challenging,” said John Hanson, Senior VP of Grady EMS. A CBS 46 investigation from this summer exposed slow response times with the average monthly response time for life-threatening calls, according to state records ranging from 22 and 29 minutes in May. “Since 2019 our call volume has increased over 9 percent,” said Hanson.
WANF-TV CBS 46 Atlanta

Liberty County, Richmond Hill fire departments finalize mutual aid agreement

Fire departments are always there to help the people in their communities. But what happens if there’s a fire they can’t put out alone? Often, that’s where mutual aid agreements with other fire departments come in. Two departments in our area have just finalized a deal to do that. Liberty County Fire Services has mutual aid agreements with plenty of bordering fire departments, but they just now added one with Richmond Hill. This means that if there’s a fire one of the departments needs help dealing with, the other department will come and help, free of charge. Liberty County Fire Services Chief Brian Darby says the Richmond Hill Fire Department just built a new fire station off Belfast Keller Road - an area that used to be serviced by Bryan County Fire Services.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Fire leaves Summerville family’s home with damage

A fire late Sunday night leaves a Summerville family's home damaged. According to the Trion Fire Department, Engine 12R responded to reports of a residential structure fire with flames showing in the area of Cedar Street in Summerville. Upon arrival, they say firefighters found a single story home with heavy smoke showing. Firefighters from Trion, Hays, and Summerville stopped the fire from spreading out beyond the kitchen with a quick interior attack. No injuries were reported. The Trion Fire Department is asking for the community to please keep this family in your prayers.
WTVC-TV ABC/FOX 9 Chattanooga

No Injuries In Atlanta Town Home Fire

A home in the 1200 block of Memorial Drive suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage Sunday night, according to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. Crews responded to the three-story town home around 11:30 p.m., where they saw heavy fire coming out of the two-car garage, department officials said. Along with the garage, officials said two town-home units suffered major damage. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown.
Atlanta Patch

Tybee Island first responders monitoring tropical system Ian as impacts expected later this week

Tybee Island Fire Chief Jeremy Kendrick says it’s still early on, so they’re just in the monitoring phase for tropical system Ian. They’re paying close attention to the forecasts and meeting with CEMA and other agencies every morning this week as the storm progresses. Because they’re in the monitoring phase, this does mean that the city is in OPCON 4. You’ll hear the term OPCON used a lot during hurricane season. It stands for “operating condition.” It describes the level of alert and preparedness that various state agencies are working under. To put it into perspective, OPCON 5 is what the city is under the majority of the time, which is normal day-to-day operations with no threats. Chief Kendrick says they are checking in with the businesses on the island to make sure they’re prepped and ready.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Monday, September 26, 2022

2 teen brothers identified after deadly house fire in Paulding County

Two male teenagers -- ages 17 and 13 -- are dead after a fire in their home on Baskin Road in Paulding County. The fire was reported at approximately 3:18 p.m. Friday. When firefighters arrived, the house was 50% engulfed in flames. “We went to the upper story of the split level and found two victims up there,” said Fire Chief Joey Pelfrey with the Paulding County Fire Department. “They pulled a 17-year-old and a 13-year-old out of the house,” said Chief Pelfrey. Chief Pelfrey tells CBS46 that the teens were home alone at the time of the fire. 17-year-old Robert Deaton died in the front yard of the home and 13-year-old Caleb Deaton was taken to a hospital in serious condition where he later died, officials say. The state fire marshals arrived on the scene around 7 p.m. to begin their investigation into how and where the fire started.
WGCL-TV CBS 46 Atlanta

Building, previously funeral home, catches fire near Stone Mountain, officials say

VIDEO: Officials extinguished a fire at a property that was a funeral home in DeKalb County late Saturday morning. DeKalb County Fire Department said the fire happened around Memorial Drive and James B Rivers Memorial Drive. There's a sign that says 'Coming Soon, Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home' out front near the road. It's right near the PARS Auto Sales. No injuries were reported, and officials confirmed no one was inside the building at the time of the fire.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

4 people displaced after house fire in Savannah

Four people are displaced after a carriage house fire in Savannah. According to the Savannah Fire Department, firefighters extinguished the flames on Saturday morning in the 1300 block of Bonaventure Road. Savannah Fire says no one was injured and three dogs had to be rescued. Crews cut power to both the carriage house and the main house resulting in the displacement of the four people.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Decatur church destroyed in fire

A Decatur church was destroyed in an overnight fire, according to the DeKalb County Fire Department. New Bethel Outreach Ministries on Columbia Woods Drive is a “total loss,” the department told Channel 2. The department said they arrived to the structure and saw heavy smoke and flames. No one was injured in the accident, the department said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

Roswell apartment fire displaces more than 20 people

PHOTO: A fire in Roswell displaced more than 20 residents, according to a news release from the Roswell Fire Department. Fire officials say they responded to the Rosemont Apartments on 400 Rosemont Parkway just before 8:30 p.m. after a resident reported smoke and fire coming from a dryer in their apartment. According to the release, firefighters rescued one dog, one cat and one bearded dragon from the building. No injuries were reported. Four of the units and the attic area sustained significant damage, according to fire officials. Roswell fire estimated that 22 residents were d displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross is working with the property management company to assist the displaced residents, according to the release. The Roswell Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

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