Georgia News

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Fire tears through Douglasville apartments, injuring 3

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A fire tore through a Douglas County apartment building Wednesday afternoon, injuring three people and leaving many looking for a new place to stay. "I saw all this smoke, people saying there's a fire, I see a girl jumping out the window," said Danielle Lemiex. Lemiex grabbed her three sons and ran out of her apartment. She and others then ran back inside to help their neighbors. "The kids play together; we're all like family. We all stay here; we have to come out together," said Lemiex. The blaze at the Douglasville Proper Apartments on Chicago Avenue broke out just before 3 p.m. and spread quickly. "Once this all got going with the wind, it kind of fed itself," said Douglas County Fire Chief Miles Allen. There were no firewalls and no sprinkler system. More than 60 firefighters worked hard to keep it from spreading to other buildings.
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

Valdosta Fire Department planning annual 9/11 run

The Valdosta Fire Department’s fourth annual 9/11 5K Memorial Run will take place Sept. 7, 2024. The event honors the lives lost and the first responders who died during the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001. In the attacks, 343 firefighters and paramedics plus 60 police officers died. Participants are encouraged to dress in red, white, and blue and to decorate the racecourse with signs of support, a statement from the City of Valdosta said. The race will commence with a speech by Mayor Scott Matheson at 7:45 a.m., followed by the starting gun at 8 a.m. The course, a fast out-and-back route, will begin at 120 N. Patterson St. in Downtown Valdosta and pass by Valdosta State University. All of the race proceeds will be donated to Valor Service Dogs Inc., an organization dedicated to providing trained service dogs to veterans in need.
Valdosta Daily Times - Metered Site

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

1 hospitalized after chemical leak at Atlanta restaurant

One person was hospitalized after a chemical leak at a restaurant near Greenbriar Mall. Atlanta Fire and Rescue officials confirmed with FOX 5 that they were called to Piccadilly Restaurant near the mall at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the restaurant said that freon was discharged while staff were repairing the building's air conditioning system. All guests and staff were evacuated. Medics took one person to a local hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time. "The safety of our team and guests is our top priority, and we will work closely with the Fire Marshal to ensure a safe environment before reopening," the restaurant said in a statement. After a final inspection, the restaurant was expected to be back open at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

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