Georgia News

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Fire chief: Fire started in rear of house in Milledgeville

Ten Georgia College students who were living in a two-story historical house when it caught fire and destroyed Sunday night in Milledgeville managed to escape without injury. The large wood-frame structure, known as the Theta Chi House, was located at 230 N. Columbia St. near Montgomery Street and had stood there for more than a century. The only report of injury was to a Milledgeville firefighter who received what was described as a minor injury. He was treated and released from the emergency room of Navicent Health Baldwin hospital in Milledgeville Sunday night, according to Milledgeville Fire Chief William Collier. City firefighters worked alongside fellow firefighters from Baldwin County Fire Rescue battling intense flames that roared high above the rooftop of the large house, which had been subdivided into six different student apartments, Collier told The Union-Recorder.
Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Retired Bibb fire prevention director named Georgia’s Fire Inspector of the Year

Retired Fire Prevention Director for Bibb County Larry Smallwood was named Fire Inspector of the Year by the Georgia Firefighters Inspectors Association. Fire Chief Marvin Riggins, 18 firefighters and County Manager Keith Moffet were there to support him at the 47th annual Firefighters Recognition Day at Georgia's State Capitol. Paris fire arson suspect moved to secure psychiatric unit featured by Smallwood spent 40 years as an inspector on the local and state level before retiring in 2015. He still teaches fire inspection at the Georgia Fire Academy and is a founding member of the inspectors association, even serving as its president. "Director Smallwood is a great choice for this recognition because he has devoted his entire adult life to serving and protecting the people of Macon-Bibb and Georgia through code development and enforcement," said Riggins, in a press release.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Authorities investigate cause of Flovilla house fire

Butts County fire officials on Monday were investigating the cause of a fire at a vacant Flovilla home. Firefighters were called the home, in the 100 block of Randall Avenue, just after 6 p.m. Flovilla Fire Chief Shane Thompson said the home was unoccupied, and had no electric or gas service. He said firefighters saw smoke and flames when they arrived. Thompson said it appeared the home was in the process of being remodeled. A for-sale sign was seen posted in the front yard. “No one was inside the house, and there was no furniture in the house or anything like that either,” Thompson said. “One room’s contents were on fire and that was it.” Butts County Fire Marshal Glen Goens said the fire was confined to the living room of the home, which contained trash bags and construction debris. He said the fire did not appear to be accidental.
Jackson Progress-Argus

Emergency responders celebrated at Cartersville Medical Center event

Eight emergency responders — ranging from police officers to firefighter personnel to EMS technicians — were honored at Cartersville Medical Center’s 2019 Heart of Service Awards on Friday. “It’s an opportunity for us to recognize our first responders who do so much for us in the community,” said CMC CEO Chris Mosley, “in sacrificing, in working long hours and putting themselves sometimes in harm’s way.” The hospital’s EMS/business liaison Brad Cothran served as the emcee for the ceremony. “It started a few years back when Jan Tidwell was the EMS liaison here at the hospital,” he described the history of the awards luncheon. “She decided to come up with these awards to give out to the individuals in public safety who go above and beyond their regular, everyday duties to help in the community.” The Rev. Willie J.E. Coombs of Greater New Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church gave the opening invocation for this year’s event.
Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Thomasville bakery fire doused, began in oven exhaust stack

Calls to 911 came rushing in Saturday night from people seeing smoke in the Flowers Baking Company vicinity on South Madison Street and the surrounding area. The smoke resulted from a fire in the insulation of a bakery oven's exhaust stack. "The bakery employees took swift action, immediately notifying the fire department and evacuating the bakery," said Paul Baltzer, Flowers Foods Inc. vice president of communications. Thomasville Fire/Rescue received the fire call at 9:26 p.m. Saturday. Smoke was coming from the roof when firefighters arrived, said Tim Connell, fire/rescue chief fire marshal. Connell said flames were coming through the exhaust flue. He said firefighters found the fire 90 percent self-contained because of the blaze being in an enclosed oven stack. Firefighters, who were at the scene until 11 p.m., doused hot spots until it was determined the blaze had not spread from the stack.
Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Fire damages hotel in Norcross

A hotel in Norcross caught fire Monday night on Brookhollow Parkway. Gwinnett firefighters went to the Knights Inn Hotel to put out the flames at the single-story building. When crews arrived, those inside were already in the process of evacuating. Two units were heavily damaged and a third received moderate damage. Most of the damage was contained to the end units, officials said. More News The cause of the fire us unknown at the time, but investigators believe it was accidental and was sparked by an electrical malfunction with the HVAC system in an unoccupied unit of the hotel. The investigation is still ongoing.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Friday, February 15, 2019

Worker severely burned in DeKalb warehouse explosion

JCS Enterprise Trailer Repair on Old McDonough Road was rattled Thursday morning after an apparent explosion. Captain Bentley with DeKalb County Fire Rescue said that a man was working on repairing the floor of a tractor trailer and was using cutting and wielding tools when the explosion happened. Others in the warehouse head a loud boom and saw flames. More News The worker was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital with burns to his upper body. Fire crews confirmed that the man suffered burns to over 50 percent of his body, but was speaking to emergency responders as they treated him. Two other people were treated for smoke inhalation and one person twisted their knee. DeKalb fire crews arrived at the facility around 9:20 Thursday morning. As emergency crews worked on the injured man, firefighters stretched the water lines to the trailer that was on fire to get it under control. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Officials say back-to-back morning fires at Macon home are arson

The Macon Bibb Fire Department worked the scene of a vacant home fire on the intersection of Grants Chapel Ally and Knotts St. Ln. in Macon Friday morning. According to Macon-Bibb Fire, two fires were started at this vacant home -- one at 1 a.m. on the front porch and another at 4 a.m. on the back side of the home. Both the Macon Bibb Sheriff Department and Fire Investigator Ben Gleaton were on the scene. Gleaton determined it to be arson on both accounts. If you have any information surrounding the fire you are asked to call the Georgia Arson Hotline at 1800-282-5804
WGXA-TV Fox 24 Macon

Savannah City Council reviews fire recommendations

The results of a months-long study of Savannah’s Fire Department are in, and at Thursday’s city council workshop, Savannah’s elected leaders got to dive into the details. Staff from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government reviewed the information. Their assessment turned up on everything from firefighter morale to department efficiencies. ?The Carl Vinson Institute staff came in the middle of last year to do the study, which is a top down assessment to give city leaders an idea of what the department has to work with, where it excels, and where there’s room for improvement. ?Only two percent of fire departments anywhere have achieved the accreditation and ISO rating goals Savannah Fire has, but in addition to highlighting what the fire department is doing right, the report revealed a suffering morale among firefighters, a lack of diversity, and a need for more staff.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

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