Georgia News

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Mother and baby die in Cartersville house fire, husband badly burned

A young mother and her baby were killed in a house fire in Cartersville Sunday morning. Her husband is in the burn unit of a local hospital. Cartersville Fire Battalion Chief Hagen Champion told FOX 5 News, crews were on the scene in less than five minutes. He said just as the first engines were pulling up to the home on Oakdale Drive they got word there were people inside. "Obviously it changes the incident from just a simple fire to a rescue," said Battalion Chief Champion. Firefighters made their way through the smoke and flames searching for anyone in the house. "We go from a firefighting offensive mode of attack, and we change to what we call rescue mode, where we are performing a primary search when we know there's someone we're looking for," said Battalion Chief Champion.
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

Atlanta Fire: ’Shelter in place’ lifted after thousands of pounds of ammonia leaked at plant

Authorities said a major ammonia leak at a plant in northeast Atlanta has been resolved. According to a Tweet from Atlanta Fire Rescue, the leak happened at 1 Lemon Lane NE, which is the address of Schwan Food Company. An emergency alert was sent to cell phones in the area just before 3:30 p.m. The message said to "shelter in place immediately" and to avoid going outdoors as a precautionary measure. "Close all windows and doors. Turn off ventilation and HVAC systems," it added. About an hour later, Atlanta Fire Rescue announced in a Tweet the shelter in place order was lifted. Atlanta Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Robb told 11Alive the emergency alert was just a precaution to keep people in the area safe. Atlanta Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Robb told 11Alive it all started when workers were off loading 40,000 pounds of ammonia from a storage tank to a truck when a valve on that truck malfunctioned.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Crews battle flames as mobile home burns in Burke County

PHOTO: Crews rushed to the scene of a residential fire in the 1000 block of Four Points Road in Keysville on Monday. The fire was reported around 5:20 p.m. According to the Burke County fire chief, the double-wide mobile home was empty at the time of the fire. The fire is currently under investigation.
WRDW-TV CBS 12 Augusta

Bus fire blocks multiple lanes on I-75 in Cobb County

A bus appears to have burst into flames Monday morning causing a traffic headache for commuters on Interstate 75 northbound in Cobb County. Just before 7:30 a.m., Georgia Dept. of Transportation cameras showed the bus on the median with heavy smoke. The fire was extinguished by 8 a.m., but several fire trucks were blocking multiple lanes of traffic just south of Marietta Parkway. Authorities say there were no passengers on the bus and no injuries reported. By 9 a.m., the scene was clear.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Monday, December 6, 2021

Red cross assists Doraville residents displaced by massive apartment fire

PHOTO: Fire crews worked tirelessly to extinguish a massive apartment fire at the Wood Terrace apartments in Doraville Sunday night. When fire units arrived, flames were through the roof of the building. All residents were able to quickly evacuated the entire building. Fire officials said two units sustained fire damage, while four other apartments only suffered water damage. Crews were able to contain the fire before it reached the breezeway of the apartment building. No injuries were reported, however eighteen residents were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross. The cause of this incident is being investigated.
WGCL-TV CBS 46 Atlanta

Atlanta’s Winecoff: Deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history, 75 years later

There’s a reason that the death toll of the Winecoff hotel fire in 1946 has never been surpassed. Immediately after the disaster that killed 119 people, cities across the country began to re-examine their fire codes. In their definitive 1993 book, “The Winecoff Fire,” co-authors Sam Heys and Allen Goodwin point out that the blaze prompted new laws requiring sprinkler systems, fire escapes and fire doors. “Within six months of the fire there was a national convention in Washington, D.C., on fire safety,” said Heys, a former writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, now retired from the Southern Company. Though advertised as “fireproof,” the Winecoff had neither sprinkler systems, fire escapes nor fire doors. Fire departments had ladders that could only reach to the seventh floor. The carnage among guests staying in rooms above the seventh floor increased dramatically, said Heys.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Metered Site

Fire crews extinguish apartment fire in Decatur, Red Cross assisting

PHOTO: Fire crews worked tirelessly to extinguish an apartment fire in Decatur Sunday morning. At approximately 8:20 a.m. units were dispatched to a reported apartment fire at the Austin Oaks Apartments on Glenwood Road. When Unit E7 arrived, firefighters witnessed smoke and flames coming from a second story apartment window. Crews stretched a water line for extinguishment and were able to contain the fire damage to a single apartment. No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.
WGCL-TV CBS 46 Atlanta

Chatham County to tax residents for fire service

Leaders of coastal Georgia's largest county will tax residents in unincorporated areas to provide fire service. Chatham County commissioners voted Friday to cover $11.5 million in costs of Chatham Fire, a private group, out of county reserves. The county will then impose a fee on property tax bills for residents in unincorporated areas. Commissioners voted for the fee instead of a plan that would have allowed court action and fines to enforce payment of what have been voluntary subscriptions. Georgia counties aren't required to provide fire protection. Chatham Fire serves more than 35,000 properties in unincorporated Chatham County.
WTGS-TV FOX 28 Hardeeville

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