Alabama News

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Fire officials investigate structure fire in downtown Opelika

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The Opelika Fire Department is investigating a structure fire that occurred Tuesday night in downtown Opelika. According to the Opelika Police Department Facebook page, first responders responded to a structure fire near the 400 block of 8th St. in Downtown Opelika around 11:28 p.m. Tuesday night. Officials say upon arrival, authorities saw heavy smoke and began clearing the buildings. Fire officials are still looking for the source of the fire. The fire is now contained, however officials are monitoring for hotpots. No injuries have been reported at this time. Anyone with information on this incident should call Opelika Dispatch.
WTVM-TV ABC 9 Columbus

Walker County Firefighter Exposed to Fentanyl

In Walker County, on Monday a firefighter at the Thach Fire Department in Jasper, Alabama, was contaminated by fentanyl. In a post on Facebook, the fire chief of the station says that the team was responding to a possible overdose when the firefighter was exposed. There has not yet been a name released of the victim. In a statement from the Thach Fire Department via email, they want all first responders to be aware and cautious when entering a scene that could be a potential overdose. Fentanyl is a drug that can cause issues quickly says Thach Fire Department.
WBMA-LD ABC 33/40 Birmingham

Baldwin County: Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department, Kiva Dunes partnership adding AEDs at distant resort

Kiva Dunes, a beach and golf resort in Fort Morgan, and the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department are collaborating in a life-saving effort. The partnership will enhance the presence of onsite AEDs, helping ensure the safety of golfers and vacationers through immediate response to cardiac emergencies, according to a news release. "Due to the volume of guests we receive in this area and the distance we are from the nearest ER, having resort staff that is educated on what to do during times of emergency is vital," Fire Chief Lee Steiner said. "There was a situation a few months ago with a guest having a medical emergency near the clubhouse. Due to the fire department being on the grounds with an AED, they were able to achieve a positive outcome for the patient due to early defibrillation."
Gulf Coast Media - Metered Site

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Fire takes heavy toll on landmark Fairhope restaurant

VIDEO: The State Fire Marshal is looking into the cause of an overnight fire. Five different fire departments responded to a restaurant fire on Scenic 98 early Monday morning, July 15, 2024 which caused extensive damage to Supper Club at Sweetwater Branch. The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. and despite what witnesses called a quick response, flames spread quickly. Bill and Mary Lou Mundy live next door to the restaurant and shot video on their phones of the response. The couple was woken from their sleep by what Bill described as an explosion and went outside to find the restaurant ablaze. “The flames were shooting thirty feet up,” Mundy said. “I mean, it was a wall of flames above that fence and I thought, my goodness. That was scary and I was dialing 9-1-1 and calling for Lou.”
WALA-TV FOX 10 Mobile

Golf cart catches fire at church in Montgomery

Montgomery Fire and Rescue is investigating a fire at one of Montgomery’s prominent churches. Pastor Mark Bethea tells Action 8 News that a golf cart caught fire just before the 11 a.m. service Sunday and eventually spread to the courtyard area. Bethea said church members were evacuated and no one was injured. Bethea said Montgomery firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames.

14 volunteer fire departments in Escambia County awarded 2024 Alabama Forestry Grant

The Escambia County Volunteer Fire Association met July 11 at Elim Baptist Church in the Roberts Community. State Foresters David Thomas and Lucas Newbie presented 14 volunteer fire departments with the 2024 Alabama Forestry Grant in the amount of $1,995.79. State Reps. Alan Baker and Matthew Hammett were present to hand out the checks. Baker thanked all fire personnel for their commitment to serving communities through Escambia County and stated that Sen. Greg Albritton was an important part of the process. Hammett gave appreciation to each firefighter for stepping up and providing service above self in medical emergencies, accidents, fires and natural disasters. There are 24 fire departments in Escambia County with over 285 firefighters, Secretary Jerry Gehman said in a release.
Atmore Advance - Metered Site

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