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
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 AJC.com.
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.
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
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