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Monday, July 6, 2020

Five sent to hospital after car collides with fire truck in Richmond County

Five people were sent to a nearby hospital after investigators say a car collided with a fire engine. The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office says Engine Number 8 was responding to an emergency call when a car collided with the truck at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Walton Way. Investigators say the engine had its lights and sirens running when the accident happened. Three firefighters were on the truck at the time of the crash. The other car had a pregnant woman and a toddler. RCSO is investigating the accident.
WRDW-TV CBS 12 Augusta

Group vandalizes State Patrol headquarters in Atlanta, causes fire, extensive damage

The Georgia Department of Public Safety said a group of protesters vandalized its Atlanta headquarters Sunday morning. WSB'S Lauren Pozen was at the scene along United Avenue all morning, where Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents assisted with the investigation. DPS officials told Channel 2 Action News that a group of 60 to 100 protesters dressed in dark clothing and masks came to the headquarters around 1:05 a.m. "They were armed with bricks, landscaping bricks, Molotov cocktails, fireworks. Their one mission was to destruct property and that is exactly what they did,” Lt. Stephanie L. Stallings, spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Public Safety. The damage was extensive. Troopers said fireworks were thrown into the building causing a small fire. Two DPS employees were treated for smoke inhalation.
WJCL-TV ABC 22 Savannah

Firefighters from Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests head to Colorado to help with wildfire season

A crew of Georgia firefighters has headed west to help with what is expected to be a difficult wildfire season. The 21-person crew of firefighters from the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests traveled to the Rocky Mountains, where they will help local crews respond to fire outbreaks in the region of the Pike and San Isabel National Forests in Colorado. According to the U.S. Forest Service, this is the first time the Chattahoochee-Oconee crew has been assigned to help with western fires. “It’s an honor and privilege to come out West and support these local communities, and our Forest Service colleagues," crew leader Peter Myers said in a release. According to the Forest Service, conditions in Colorado could create a stronger than average wildfire season. They were described as "extremely dry, with little moisture and lightning expected in the coming days and weeks."
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Atlanta teen called ’hero’ after helping save neighbors from fire

Neighbors are crediting an Atlanta 14-year-old with helping save people during a fire at an apartment building. London Kollie was sleeping on Saturday when he woke up to something off. The teen discovered smoke filling his home and alerted his mom. They rushed outside to see just how bad things really were. That's when they saw their neighbors' apartment. "To the left of us, we saw fire in our neighbor's wall," Kollie said. The high school sophomore immediately took action. "I had to grab a fire extinguisher because they didn’t know how to work one. So I just sprayed the wall but the smoke kept coming," he said. The blaze happened early Sunday morning at the Waters Edge Apartments on Roberts Road. London's mom Korto told FOX 5 four units were damaged.
WAGA-TV Fox 5 Atlanta

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fire Death in Soperton

A Soperton man lost his life early Wednesday morning as a result of a house fire. Soperton Fire Chief Lee Henry said firefighters were dispatched to a single story frame dwelling around 2:00 a.m. where they found the structure engulfed in flames and the lone occupant of the home deceased. Chief Henry said the State Fire Marshal was called to investigate, and his initial findings are that the fire started in the kitchen area around a surge protector. The Fire chief said the body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab, as is standard protocol in such deaths. Treutlen County Sheriff Tommy Corbin said the man has been identified as 66 year-old Timothy Wayne Graham, and that Graham's autopsy determined that he died of smoke and soot inhalation.
Southeast Georgia Today

Savannah firefighter contracts coronavirus

A firefighter, who was potentially in contact with 20 co-workers, has contracted COVID-19, according to the Savannah Fire Department (SFD). A spokesperson said the firefighter was exposed to the virus outside of work. The firefighter initially tested negative for the virus and took some time off of work. After experience some symptoms for COVID-19, they took another test and received a positive result. According to SFD, the firefighter had been away from work for 10 days when they tested positive. There are 20 co-workers who potentially came in contact with the firefighter. “This is their 11th day of self-monitoring and the 13th day since the initial contact,” SFD stated. “Following medical advice and CDC guidelines, all 20 co-workers remain at work.” None of the employees show symptoms, the fire department said. All continue to self-monitor and have been tested as a precaution.
WSAV-TV NBC 3 Savannah

Carrollton Public Safety Departments Receive Coronavirus PPE Funds

The City of Carrollton’s public safety departments were awarded $38,464 by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. “This grant enhances our ability to protect the citizens while reducing the risk of virus spread to our citizens and public safety personnel,” said Fire Chief Jimmy Bearden. The city’s police and fire departments are using the grant money to purchase personal protective equipment. “We are very thankful for this grant from the Department of Justice and the partnership we have with the Carrollton Fire Department,” said Carrollton Police Chief Joel Richards. Emergency Supplemental Funding Program dollars can be used to pay for equipment (including law enforcement and medical personal protective equipment), supplies like protective coveralls, gloves, masks, gowns and sanitizer and addressing the medical needs of inmates in state, local, and tribal prisons, jails and detention centers.
Gradick Communications

Augusta Fire working to investigate an apartment fire

Augusta Fire says firefighters have contained a fire that broke out at Hal Powell Apartments on Broad St. Wednesday evening. According to the Augusta Fire Public Information Officer, Jason DeHart there was a fire on the second floor, in which two were pulled out. Officials say the victims have been treated for smoke inhalation and that no injuries have been reported. DeHart says an investigator has been called down and are working to clear the scene at this time.
WFXG-TV Fox 54 Augusta

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