Alabama News

Friday, October 20, 2017

Victim Identified in Fatal House Fire in Cullman County

A fire in the Bethsadia community early Thursday morning claimed the life of Mark Tilley, 42, of Cullman, confirmed Cullman County Coroner Jeremy L. Kilpatrick. Multiple fire departments responded to the mobile home fire, which was originally reported at approximately 7:13 a.m. in the 900 block of County Road 803, between County Roads 421 and 436. "Initially, Bethsadia and Logan responded to the call," said Bethsadia Volunteer Fire Department Chief Keith Bates. "That's one of those roads that doesn't really have any hydrants.
cullman sense

Staffing, budget concerns for Alabama Forestry Commission

Alabama is currently in the midst of the Fall fire season. It is nothing like it was in 2016 when Alabama was in a drought. However, Forestry officials say droughts are not necessary for an active fire season, and that conditions can become favorable for them within a week's time. There are approximately 20 fewer people employed by the Alabama Forestry Commission than there were at this time last year. Most of that has been because of retirements, and the positions haven't been filled.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Teen breaks window to escape Bessemer house fire

Bessemer Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning house fire. The fire happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning in the 900 block of Avenue G. According to Captain Cannon, the fire started in the rear bedroom. There were at least four people in the home at the time of the fire. A 15-year-old boy was taken to the hospital to be treated for cuts. Officials say he broke a window to escape the fire. This fire is still under investigation.
WIAT-TV 42 News

Piedmont High School Students Participate In ‘Junior Firefighter’ Program

Students at Piedmont High School are getting the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to participate in a new program sponsored by the Piedmont Fire Department. We visited with Piedmont Fire Chief Mike Ledbetter and a number of students on Thursday morning at Piedmont High School and got an opportunity to see the ‘Junior Firefighter’ Program in action. Chief Ledbetter said the idea for the program began when the number of volunteers in his department began to decline.

Firefighters & residents stress importance of smoke detectors after Tuscaloosa apartment fire

Firefighters and residents are stressing the importance of smoke detectors, after everyone safely escaped a fire early Thursday at Downing Place apartments in Tuscaloosa. Firefighters say the fire, which started before 4 a.m., started in a downstairs unit, then spread to an upstairs unit, doing heavy damage to both. Two other apartments suffered smoke damage. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the fire. Resident Monakia Johnson said she heard the smoke detector going off, and quickly got out of her apartment.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Goodman Volunteer Fire Department receives deed to land

The Goodman Volunteer Fire Department officially received the deed to the land where the fire station sits on Thursday, Oct. 12, making it easier for the department to apply for grants or build. According to a statement provided on behalf of the family by Trustee E. Kevin Brown, the Goodman community was settled by the Goodman family at the turn of the century. Bertie C. Goodman raised livestock and crops, and his wife, Effie, was a teacher and principal at Goodman Junior High School.
Southeast Sun

3 fires inside Montgomery high school being investigated as arson

Montgomery Fire/Rescue is investigating three fires set inside Lee High School Wednesday as arson, according to the Montgomery Department of Public Safety. Firefighters responded to the school Wednesday afternoon and found one fire in each of two bathrooms and another in a stairwell. One of the fires burned itself out. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the other two. No one was injured and fire damage was limited to scorch marks, according to officials.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Cowboys called to the rescue after cattle truck overturns on Birmingham’s Dead Man’s Curve

An overturned cattle truck on Dead Man's Curve has killed some of the livestock, sent the driver to the hospital and shut down traffic. The crash happened about 3 p.m. on Interstate 20 westbound, said Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Capt. Harold Watson. He said the driver, whose name has not been released, lost control in the curve and turned over onto its passenger side. The driver was conscious when he was transported to the hospital. The extent of his injuries wasn't immediately known.

As promised, Montgomery student spends day with fire chief

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange kept his promise to a Park Crossing High School student who nailed the response when put on the spot during a news conference. Student Ardonnie Jones, 15, was in the audience during an Oct. 5 news conference when the mayor asked him to explain why he chose to attend MPACT, short for Montgomery Preparatory Academy for Career Technology. "Let's arrange with the fire chief for him to get to a station and him to go run with the chief on a fire call," Strange said to Jones following his impassioned response to the question.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

No injuries in Dothan fire

The Dothan Fire Department is trying to determine the cause of an early morning house fire. The fire happened at 247 Timbers Drive just off of Hartford Highway. Dothan Fire Marshall Chris Etheredge tells us the call came in around 12:30p.m. and took a little less than an hour to get control of the fire. It's believed at this time that there are no injuries.
WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan

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