Georgia News

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

FedEx driver jumps into action to help save woman, dog after fire at Atlanta apartment complex

VIDEO: Calvin Swanson was on his FedEx delivery route, as a fire broke out at an Atlanta apartment complex Monday night. Swanson said he saw smoke and went up to help a lady down from an apartment building at 1700 Stanton Rd SW. Atlanta Fire Rescue crews worked to extinguish the flames that were shooting out of the top of the two-story building around 8:30 p.m. "You couldn't breathe, if there was anybody trapped inside there, you couldn't breathe," Swanson described. "I knocked on doors, I had my flashlight... And I knew that the fire was going to spread from unit to unit-- it was just a matter of time." Swanson said he went back to help the dog that was chained to the porch. He was able to cut the chain and help the dog to safety, as firefighters arrived.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Caught on camera: Suspect steals jaws of life off fire truck in Clayton County

VIDEO: At Fire Station 2 in Forest Park, you would typically see the fire engine out on the driveway. The chief tells FOX 5 Atlanta, the department has canceled its open-door policy with the community after a thief stole the Jaws of Life off a fire truck. "We have the fire station doors open. We have the fire trucks parked on our aprons because we want that open door policy," said Chief Latosha Clemons. "We want the citizens to know that we are there for them. All they have to do is walk up to a fire station. But now since this incident we have to keep our doors closed. We have to keep our trucks in the bay."
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

3 Richmond Hill businesses damaged in fire

The Popeyes, Fudruckers, and TA service station in Richmond Hill were damaged by a fire early Sunday morning. Popeyes, located on the 4400 block of US Highway 17, sustained fire damage, and two other adjoining businesses were affected, Fudruckers and a TA service station. According to Richmond Hill Fire Department Capt. Roland Evans, when firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of Popeyes. Firefighters were able to knock down the flames quickly however, mutual aid was requested from Chatham Fire, Hinesville and Fort Stewart due to the roof having multiple layers in which the fire was contained. Evans said the Popeyes restaurant sustained fire and water damage, the adjoining businesses sustained smoke damage.
WSAV-TV NBC/CW+/MyNetworkTV 3 Savannah

Four people displaced following kitchen fire in Savannah

Four people are displaced following a Sunday evening kitchen fire in Savannah. The fire broke out at around 5:30 p.m. at a single-story home on the 1100 block of Althea Parkway. When firefighters arrived on scene, they saw smoke streaming from the home. According to the Savannah Fire Department, a fire on the stove extended to the cabinets, then spread to the attic. SFD said firefighters acted quickly to cut a ventilation hole in the roof and prevent the flames from engulfing the attic. They extinguished the fire, which was contained to the kitchen and attic. No injuries were reported, according to SFD.
WJCL-TV ABC 22 Savannah

No Injuries In 3 Cherokee County Fires

There were no injuries in three separate residential structure fires Saturday, according to the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. Fire crews responded to an early morning fire on Sunlight Drive, near Hames Road, the agency said. A second fire was on River Chase Drive, near West Wylie Bridge Road, fire officials said. Crews then responded to a third fire on Boston Ridge, near Fitchburg Drive, the department said. The causes of the fires are unknown.
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Roof collapses at Atlanta bar as firefighters work to control hot spots following massive fire

VIDEO: Atlanta fire crews remain at the scene after a fire erupted at a popular Buckhead restaurant and bar early Monday morning. Channel 2 Action News viewers, as well as our network of cameras around metro Atlanta, were able to pick up pictures of the smoke from the Buckhead Saloon along Roswell Road billowing high up into the air. The smoke could be seen for miles. The fire has caused extensive damage to the Buckhead business. Part of the roof collapsed in the front of the business. Kerry Mitchell told Channel 2's Larry Spruill that he cleans the building every morning. When he arrived around 8 a.m. Monday, he found the Buckhead Saloon burning. “I saw the building engulfed in flames,” Mitchell said. “A big cloud of smoke, just going up in the air.”
WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

Monday, October 3, 2022

1 killed in major fire at Albany boarding home

VIDEO: One person was killed in a major fire that happened at an Albany boarding home early Friday afternoon. At least one was also injured in the blaze. The fire happened at Tift Avenue and North Madison and there was a large emergency responder presence. The victim that was killed was a 38-year-old woman, according to fire officials. At least one victim was taken to the hospital with injuries. Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose told WALB News 10 that several people did live in the home. One man told WALB that he lived in the home and that after the fire started, he started banging on doors telling people to get out. The Albany Fire Department said it is unclear how the fire started.
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

Firefighters honored with memorial service in Columbus

On Friday, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs and Georgia State Firefighters Association held their 2022 Memorial Service for deceased firefighters at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center. In attendance were fire department workers and their families. Chaplain Bruce King of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs led the invocation and benediction. Chaplain Ronnie Cowart of the Georgia State Firefighter’s Association gave a speech and a prayer. A major theme in his speech was unity. “Unity today is the greatest thing we have – supporting and strengthening one another,” he said. “You see, I always thought that man, the chief’s at the top, right?” Cowart said a fire chief isn’t more important than his or her team, and, in fact, is their greatest supporter.
WRBL-TV CBS 3 Columbus

One brother dead in fatal Decatur house fire, officials say

At least one person is dead after a home went up in flames in Decatur, fire officials say. A quiet Saturday evening on Cresta Drive took a tragic turn when flames broke out at a home. DeKalb County Fire Rescue say two men were inside the home, but one of them did not survive. Fire officials say when they arrived on the scene around 7 p.m., they saw heavy flames and smoke coming from what they later found out was a car port on the back side of the home. That's where they say they discovered the body of the now deceased victim. Fire officials have not released the victim's identity, but they did say the two men in the home were brothers. The man inside is who called 911. They say they're still working to figure out what exactly caused the fire and what the victim was doing outside near the car port where that fire was started.
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

One person hospitalized after Gainesville house fire

One person sustained minor injuries after a residential structural fire Saturday morning around 12:50. Hall County Fire Rescue responded to a small basement fire on the 1700 block of Biscayne Boulevard. Once crews arrived and located the fire, firefighters were able to quickly knock it down. The person with minor injuries was immediately transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Firefighters extinguished all remaining hot spots and began ventilating the home after. The Hall County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

Savannah Fire Department responds to residential fire

Four people are without a home after a fire broke out in the 500 block of East Hall Street Saturday afternoon. Firefighters say they battled heavy smoke and flames at this multi-family home in Savannah. “My bathroom is messed up, and everything is like, really messed up,” Displace by fire Oscar Garza said. Garza lives in the building and will have to find another place to sleep tonight as the fire forced him and three others out of their home. Garza says he heard screaming from his roommates and thought they were arguing… “But then I see the smoke and I see people knocking the door. So I’m like, ‘the smoke is black so that’s weird.’” He says firefighters arrived on scene quickly. “The guy was like, ‘Hey, get out, get out,” because there’s something happening there’s smoke outside. So I went outside and I saw the fire.”
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Blaze devastates Dacula home, fire officials say

PHOTO: A family of six was displaced when investigators said an electrical fire sparked in their cartage and spread to their porch at their Dacula home on Saturday night. Five adults and a child lived there, and they're receiving assistance from the American Red Cross, according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. One person was treated for smoke inhalation, and they're expected to recover. No one else reported injuries. Crews arrived at around 8:14 p.m. and saw the front of the two-story home on River Pass Court burning. Once the porch fire was out, firefighters went inside and extinguished interior flames. Crews searched for people inside and used ladders on the front of the home. Firefighters had gained control of the scene in about 20 minutes, officials said.
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

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