Daily Dispatch: Georgia News
East Point firefighter teach children about fire safety
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:43:19 -0700
National Fire Safety Prevention Week is in full swing. Firefighters with the city of East Point spent the day helping kids learn about fire safety. Thursday, dozens of kids came out to the department's annual Be Cool About Fire Safety Program. Firefighters used puppets to teach children how important it is to prepared for a fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 7:43:19 PM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News
Jeff Hogan, former Johns Creek Fire Chief, steps down as state fire marshal
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:43:58 -0700
Jeff Hogan, a former Johns Creek Fire Chief who was appointed as Georgia’s state fire marshal in January, has stepped down from the position after less than 10 months. A spokesperson with the Georgia Department of Insurance said Hogan stepped down about two weeks ago after a conversation with Insurance Commissioner John F.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 4:43:58 PM - SOURCE: Gwinnett Daily Post
Update: Drivers take detours on day 2 of train derailment clean up in Houston County
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:36:27 -0700
The cleanup continues a little over 24 hours after a train derailed along the Georgia 247 Spur in Houston County. Norfolk Southern crews were on scene clearing the damage and making repairs to the train tracks. The Georgia Department of Transportation closed the highway for the next couple of days. Houston County Fire Chief Christopher Stoner is asking of drivers to be patient after the Norfolk Southern train derailment on Wednesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 9:36:27 PM - SOURCE: WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon
'He's a Hero': Airline passenger had no pulse for 30 minutes; Savannah firefighter comes to aid
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 17:24:48 -0700
A Savannah firefighter is being celebrated as a hero after coming to the aid of a fellow airline passenger. Savannah Fire & Rescue says AFF Trevor Jaha was on a flight to Los Angeles in September when another passenger suffered sudden cardiac arrest and had no pulse. Jaha performed CPR for more than 30 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 5:24:48 PM - SOURCE: WJCL-TV News 22 Savannah
Butts County firefighters raise over $3,000 in boot drive
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:06:39 -0700
During the 2019 Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot campaign, the members of the Butts County Fire Department took to the streets and continued a 65-year tradition. “The firefighters of Butts County Fire Department have gone above and beyond for MDA’s families during this year’s Fill the Boot campaign,” said Bridgett Monroe, executive director.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 1:06:39 PM - SOURCE: Jackson Progress-Argus
Fire destroys 6,100-square-foot Habersham County home
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:00:33 -0700
A Habersham County homeowner escaped unharmed. "The owner had plugged in a battery charger about 45 minutes earlier to his lawnmower in the basement,” said Habersham County Emergency Services Director Chad Black. The fire moved quickly from the roll-up door to a covered porch above and then into the attic of the house.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 1:00:33 PM - SOURCE: AccessWDUN
Gwinnett County restaurant suffers ‘extensive damage’ in nighttime fire
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:31:50 -0700
A restaurant in the heart of downtown Duluth was severely damaged by a fire, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said. Main Street Mediterranean Cafe is now closed until it has repaired the damage caused by the nighttime fire. The fire did not spread to neighboring buildings, but three businesses adjacent to the cafe suffered smoke damage, according to Capt.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 9:31:50 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Walton County: Jersey schoolhouse catches fire
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 01:56:45 -0700
Walton County Fire Rescue, along with the Social Circle Fire Department, responded to a massive fire at the old schoolhouse in Jersey. Assistant Chief Craig League said they received a call at 4:46 p.m. of a large fire at the schoolhouse. When crews arrived, the blaze had already destroyed much of the building.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 1:56:45 AM - SOURCE: Monroe Walton Tribune
Follow up: Forsyth County community rallies around family who lost children in fire
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:43:25 -0700
A Forsyth County community is coming together for a very tragic reason. Nine-year-old Morgan and twelve-year-old Shaun lost their lives in that tragic house fire. Brandon Miller has known the Noe family for years. He says getting a phone call about the deadly fire was almost too much to handle. “Our heart goes out to that family, it’s a tough day, and our prayers are with mom and dad, I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” Miller said.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 4:43:25 PM - SOURCE: CBS 46 Atlanta
Officials rule deck fire in Banks County as arson
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 07:51:46 -0700
A fire investigator with the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office has determined that a fire in Banks County on Saturday afternoon, September 28, was intentionally set. The fire occurred at about 4 p.m., on a deck behind a home in the 5300 block of Yonah Homer Road in Alto, Ga. "The fire was set to a wooden deck surrounding a fire pit," said state Safety Fire Commissioner John King.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 7:51:46 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
Tragic house fire leaves 2 children dead in Forsyth County
Sat, 05 Oct 2019 19:44:18 -0700
An early morning fire left two children dead in Forsyth County on Saturday. A home on the 2500 block of Apple Valley Court went up in flames around 3 a.m. Neighbors said they woke up to a neighborhood full of police cars and fire trucks. The mother of the children was able to get safely; however, the two children did not.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2019 7:44:18 PM - SOURCE: CBS 46 Atlanta
Firefighters: Arsonist set a dozen fires in DeKalb County
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 21:57:16 -0700
Captain Dion Bentley said the culprit is a male and beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. He started setting vegetation fires in the Glenwood/Columbia areas. "He may think it is a game," said the captain, "but it is dangerous because of the dry conditions right now." Firefighters are already dealing with accidental fires.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 9:57:16 PM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News
Liberty County Fire Services battles brush fire
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 21:28:03 -0700
A brush fire in Liberty County causes traffic jams along Leroy Coffer Highway. It happened Friday afternoon at around 3:30 after a vehicle dragging a chain caused the dry ground to catch fire. Due to the dry conditions, the Liberty Country Fire Department are urging people not to burn anything. “Right now, we’re urging everybody, don’t burn.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 9:28:03 PM - SOURCE: WJCL Savannah
Valdosta Fire Department investigates fire that left one dead
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 17:43:22 -0700
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a house fire that left one person dead in Valdosta. Investigators said the call came in just after 3 a.m. Thursday. On arrival, firefighters found heavy flames and smoke near the corner of Troup Street and Central Avenue. Crews were able to get the fire under control quickly, but not before that fire claimed a life.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 5:43:22 PM - SOURCE: WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany
Large fire breaks out Atlanta business, homes evacuated
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 04:46:12 -0700
Fire crews fought a 3-alarm fire at an Atlanta business broke out, causing homes nearby to be evacuated. The blaze broke out at the Pallet Depot in the 400 block of Sawtell Avenue. Flames were seen shooting around 100 feet up into the air. Flames could be seen from at least a mile away. The facility is filled with wooden pallets, giving the blaze plenty of fuel.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 4:46:12 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News
Pair of house fires reported in Barrow County
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 13:56:52 -0700
Barrow County Emergency Services responded to a fire in the 1300 block of Highway 211 NW and found heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the house and fire on the back of the structure. No one was home, and the house appeared to be empty and undergoing renovation. Interior crews had a difficult time initially finding all of the fire hidden in the small spaces above them.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 1:56:52 PM - SOURCE: MainStreetNews
Police arrest Emanuel County arson suspect after house fire
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 12:36:07 -0700
A 20-year-old was arrested after he allegedly set a home on fire in Wadley on Thursday. Investigators say the incident happened on the 300 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard early Tuesday morning. Police have identified the man to be Wyatt Kincaid Rodriguez of Adrian. A warrant is out for Rodriguez’s arrest for First Degree Arson and Aggravated Assault.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:36:07 PM - SOURCE: CBS-TV News 46 Atlanta
'Everybody's hearts just sank:' Monroe County man dies by suicide after suspicious bar fire
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 17:36:43 -0700
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fire as possible arson. They say witnesses saw the co-owner Gary Lawrence leaving the closed bar just before the 911 call about the fire. What happened next shocked Dunn. "The other owners, of course, are devastated, but keep them in your prayers, and all the families," says Dunn.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 5:36:43 PM - SOURCE: WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon
Fire Chief: Response times too long for some Atlanta neighborhoods
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 13:56:39 -0700
VIDEO: If you live in certain communities in Atlanta, firefighters likely will be delayed getting to your help call. That candid assessment comes from Fire Chief Randall Slaughter. And there are several reasons why response times are getting longer – significantly beyond the five-minutes-or-less standard in the majority of areas in the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 1:56:39 PM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News
City of Blakely Fire Department will not be issuing burn permits
Wed, 02 Oct 2019 01:49:36 -0700
Burn permits issued by the Georgia Forestry Commission are also required for any outdoor burning in the state to help prevent wildfires. Drought conditions are worsening, affecting more than 11 million people and threatening crops across a five-state area. Georgia residents should postpone open burning if conditions are not favorable, Forestry Commission Chief of Protection Frank Sorrells said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 1:49:36 AM - SOURCE: Early County News
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