Georgia News

Friday, December 2, 2022

Man found dead in burning Macon house identified

A man was found dead in a burning home on the 5200 block of Zebulon Road Thursday evening. According to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, the call came in just after 5:30 p.m. about heavy smoke coming from the area. When they made it to the scene, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and Macon-Bibb Fire Department found a house on fire. Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to other houses. Deputy Coroner Ronnie Miley says the victim has been identified as 78-year-old Raphael Francis Baird. His body is being sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab to determine cause of death. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
WMAZ-TV CBS/CW+ 13 Macon

At least 10 apartments damaged in Cobb County fire, officials say

Several families are without a home after an apartment fire in Cobb County. The fire broke out overnight Thursday at the Rockledge apartments on Powers Ferry Road. Firefighters said 20 apartments were impacted and 10 had damage. Three people were hospitalized for smoke-related injuries, officials said. One firefighter had an arm injury. Fire investigators are working to learn the cause of the apartment fire.
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

Statesboro Fire Department to Host Annual Smoke Alarm Blitz December 10

The Statesboro Fire Department will host a “Smoke Alarm Blitz” on Saturday, December 10 starting at 10:00 a.m. Statesboro firefighters will be stationed at Luetta Moore Park which is located at 585 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Statesboro and will offer door-to-door checks for working smoke alarms in the neighboring streets around the park. If deemed necessary, firefighters will install as many as three free smoke alarms for each home as needed. The free smoke alarms are provided by the American Red Cross of Southeast Georgia. “Working smoke alarms are an essential part of home fire safety,” says Statesboro Fire Prevention Chief Stephan Hutchins. “The alarms provide early warnings in fire emergencies and allow occupants to quickly escape dangerous structures. Our objective for this event is to install 500 free smoke alarms in local residences.”
All On Georgia

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Fire destroys popular Italian restaurant in Chatsworth, no injuries reported

VIDEO: A longtime Chatsworth restaurant caught fire early Wednesday morning and now investigators are working to determine how it started. Little Rome has been in business since 1979. Members of the Chatsworth Fire Department have been at the scene throughout the day on Wednesday and said the building is a total loss. The owners tell Local 3 News, they're just thankful no one was hurt. Little Rome has been in Tyler Hord's family since the 1970's, becoming a popular restaurant in Chatsworth with its fine Italian food. "We've got to see, just like myself see everybody grow up. Everybody's got their own little memory, date nights and anniversaries here." Hord says when they closed up shop on Tuesday, he never knew that would be the last time he would close those doors.
Local 3 News

School shooting hoax leaves Westside teens, parents shaken in Augusta

Deputies, SWAT officers, a bomb squad, and other first responders rushed to Westside High School after an active shooter was reported Wednesday morning in what Gov. Brian Kemp called a “cruel hoax” that affected other campuses across the state. After about two hours, panicked parents were allowed to sign their kids out of school. “Our students and staff are safe,” the Richmond County School System said in a statement. But the situation was tense earlier when at least four marked Richmond County Sheriff’s Office vehicles sped west on Washington Road around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, accompanied by seven unmarked vehicles, an ambulance, and a fire truck. They were joined at Westside by a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad van.
WRDW-TV CBS 12 /Augusta

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