Georgia News

Friday, February 21, 2020

Blaze in White County firewood kiln results in explosions

A mechanical failure is believed to be the source of an explosive Wednesday night blaze at a firewood company in White County. About 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to the commercial fire at Southern Legacy Wood Products, formerly known as Mount Yonah Lumber at 1605 Helen Highway. "On scene, firefighters found a fully-involved fire of a 40-by-40 by 20-foot-high metal building that was filled to the roof with firewood being processed,” said White County Public Safety Director David Murphy. Murphy said the company processes firewood to be sold by kiln drying it. "The origin of the fire was determined to be the kiln itself that was full of firewood, which caused explosions resulting in the metal roof and other portions of the building to ‘blow-off’,” Murphy said.

Wilkinson County man charged with setting his own home on fire

A Wilkinson County man is charged with arson after he reportedly admitted to lighting his own home on fire. According to a news release, investigators arrested 23-year-old Jason Moore, of Gordon, on Feb. 19 on one charge of first degree arson. The arrest came a day after the fire off Elam Road in Wilkinson County. Investigators say the fire was called in on Feb. 18, and it destroyed a 2007 Coachman Camper and damaged an 8x16' metal building nearby. In an interview with investigators, Moore allegedly admitted to setting the fire. “Mr. Moore intentionally set fire to the bedding inside the camper, which had a pile of clothes on top of it,” said Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Couple charged in Moultrie arson

The Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a couple they believe set a home on fire over the weekend. Alex Rowe and Heather Gay were both charged with criminal damage to property, first degree arson and aggravated assault. Deputies responded to a home on Neil Avenue on Saturday. The sheriff’s office said the two got into an argument and one of them poured gas on the home and set it on fire. The sheriff’s office said they haven’t determined who poured the gas. A witness told deputies that Rowe and Gay left after the fire was started. Investigators said the house is a complete loss and one person was inside the home while it was burning. The victim, who is disabled, was hospitalized, according to the sheriff’s office.
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Grandmother dies in DeKalb County house fire

Family members of a 62-year-old woman are asking for prayers after the woman died in a DeKalb County house fire. The fire broke out along Troy Cover Road around 3 p.m. Family members confirmed to Channel 2’s Christian Jennings that the victim was Abby Lindsey. Her niece, Samantha Lindsey, said she moved into the home with her aunt to help take care of her after her aunt suffered a stroke. Samantha said her uncle was living in the basement of the home, and he was the person who called 911 when the fire started. Firefighters said the fire was too intense to rescue Abby Lindsey. She died in the living room of the house.
WJCL Savannah

New ‘Headset Heelers’ program brings puppy into Fayette County 911 center

Dispatchers at the Fayette County 911 Center on Feb. 19 knew they would be getting a four-legged visitor. The surprise they learned about after the female pitbull mix puppy arrived was that it would have a temporary home at the center for the next few weeks as part of the new “Headset Heelers” program initiated by the 911 center and the Fayette County Animal Shelter. Fayette County 911 Director Katye Vogt said it was Assistant Director Amber Smith who got the ball rolling and contacted Animal Control Director Jerry Collins. Smith named the joint venture “Headset Heelers,” said Fayette County Clerk Tameca White. She and Collins both noted how the exposure will benefit dispatchers by alleviating some of the job stress and help the puppy who will benefit from the socialization.
The Citizen

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