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Arson suspected in Gwinnett County apartment fire

Arson suspected in Gwinnett County apartment fire

Gwinnett County fire investigators are trying to determine who is responsible for starting two fires at an apartment complex during the early morning hours of Sunday, June 2. According to fire officials, a fire was in the breezeway and in an area of pine straw. The incident occurred at 1705 Club Parkway in unincorporated Norcross. According to the lead investigator, thermal heat from the fire caused damage to the exterior of the building. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the Gwinnett Fire Investigations Section at 678.518.4890 or the Georgia Arson Control Hotline at 1.800.282.5804. Georgia Arson Control, Inc. offers…
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Fire risk high over the weekend in Georgia

Fire risk high over the weekend in Georgia

North and Central Georgia are at an increased risk of fires this afternoon and evening, possibly into Sunday due to low humidity. Relative Humidities of 25 percent or less can be expected for four or more hours this afternoon into the evening. Winds will be light and variable throughout the day, but generally at or below five miles-per-hour. With dry fuels, high fire danger conditions can be expected. The National Weather Service in Peachtree City is advising residents to refer to your local burn permitting authorities whether you may burn outdoors. If you do burn outside, use extreme caution.
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News Blog: The fire you see near Sandy Plains Road isn’t an emergency

News Blog: The fire you see near Sandy Plains Road isn’t an emergency

If you're driving in the area of Sandy Plains Road and Pete Shaw Road in Cobb County and see fire or smell smoke, don't be alarmed. It's just a training exercise for the Cobb County Fire Department. The department will be conducting what it calls an "acquired structure burn" at 3100 Pete Shaw Road in Marietta. Residents and commuters may see smoke and fire in the area until 6 p.m.
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GoFundMe page set up for 12-year-old boy who lost his family in a fire

GoFundMe page set up for 12-year-old boy who lost his family in a fire

The Athens-Clarke County community is rallying around 12-year-old Taeden Johnson, who lost his family in a fatal house fire last week. Fire crews were dispatched to the fire on Spring Valley Road after a neighbor had called 911 and said the home next to his was on fire.  Crews arrived on the scene and found the home fully-involved with fire. As crews were working to get the fire under control, they received reports from a neighbor that Taeden had escaped from the fire and said there were other family members inside the home.  Taeden sustained some burns to his shoulder…
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Three dead after early morning house fire in Athens

Three dead after early morning house fire in Athens

ATHENS -- Three people are dead after an early morning house fire in Athens, fire officials say. Fire crews were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Spring Valley Road at 3:27 a.m. Wednesday. A neighbor had called 911 and said the home next to his was on fire. Crews arrived on the scene at 3:33 a.m. and found the home fully-involved with fire. Due to the extent of fire involvement, crews deployed hose lines for a defensive fire attack.  As crews were working to get the fire under control, they received reports from a neighbor that a juvenile had…
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20 people displaced after Christmas night apartment fire

20 people displaced after Christmas night apartment fire

PEACHTREE CORNERS -- Gwinnett County Fire officials say 20 residents have been displaced after fire damaged their apartment complex in the overnight hours on Christmas. The fire occurred at an apartment unit on Beverly Glen Village Lane in Peachtree Corners. Firefighters responded at 2:49 a.m. to a report of an apartment building on fire at the Medlock Woods Apartments. A caller to 911 reported hearing what sounded like an explosion and said the building was on fire. Crews arrived to find heavy fire burning in the attic and several top floor units on the back of a two/three split, wood-frame apartment…
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Fire that destroyed Buford home caused by discarded cigarette

Fire that destroyed Buford home caused by discarded cigarette

A 1930s home in Buford was destroyed by a fire caused by a discarded cigarette in the early hours of Saturday morning. A cat died in the blaze. "Fire investigators advised it was a discarded cigarette in potting soil that smoldered and eventually spread to the home," said Gwinnett County Fire Dept. spokesman Justin Wilson. Firefighters responded at 4:20 a.m. to a neighbor’s report of a house fire on W Shadburn Avenue in the city of Buford. The 911 caller said the house was near the railroad tracks and the entire front of the house was on fire. When fire crews…
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Investigators search for arsonist connected to Gwinnett County vehicle fire

Investigators search for arsonist connected to Gwinnett County vehicle fire

Gwinnett County fire investigators are trying to determine who is responsible for setting a 2003 Nissan Altima on fire in front of a mobile home during the early morning hours of Nov. 10. Fire Department officials say the car was parked on the street overnight and was unattended. The incident occurred on Howe Lane in unincorporated Loganville. A neighbor was able to smother the flames before the fire truck arrived around 4:30 a.m. According to investigators, the family is not aware of anyone who would want to damage their property and there is currently no motive or suspect in the case. The blaze…
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How to cook a turkey without burning down your house

How to cook a turkey without burning down your house

It's that time of year again when your local fire departments would like to remind you of a few safety tips to make sure your home is filled with the aroma of turkey and not the flames of a fire. Cooking is the biggest cause of home fires and fire injuries, and Thanksgiving is one of the peak times for home cooking fires. “No matter how many years you’ve been cooking, or how many Thanksgiving feasts you’ve served, you still need to make safety your main ingredient,” says Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Boutwell. Start with these prevention tips: Make your cooking…
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Cat dies in Valdosta house fire

Cat dies in Valdosta house fire

VALDOSTA -- On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Valdosta Fire Department responded to a house fire on Springhill Drive. The call was received from dispatch at 11:35 p.m. Firefighters arrived on the scene in under five minutes to find heavy fire coming from the back of the home. Fire crews were able to bring the fire under control quickly. No injuries were reported. Unfortunately, a cat succumbed to smoke exposure and could not be resuscitated. The Valdosta Police Department and South Georgia Medical Center EMS assisted with on-scene operations.  A total of 13 fire personnel responded to the scene. The cause of…
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Fire destroys Gwinnett County Home

Fire destroys Gwinnett County Home

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A fire ravaged a home in Lawrenceville early Saturday morning, fully engulfing the structure. Gwinnett County firefighters responded this morning to a resident of the home's report of a house fire on the 500 block of Shoal Circle, in Lawrenceville. Four adult occupants and a dog escaped unharmed and there are no injuries reported. The house was fully involved when fire trucks arrived and flames were already shooting through the roof over much of the structure. Firefighters flowed water from two handlines and the aerial ladder pipes to knock down the bulk of the flames from the exterior…
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Everything you need to know about outdoor fires in Savannah

Everything you need to know about outdoor fires in Savannah

As the weather cools throughout Georgia in the fall, families and neighbors flock to fire pits to enjoy the outdoors and the warmth of the fire. But, you can't just grab whatever you want to burn and start a fire anywhere you please. The Savannah Police Department has provided a handy guide for what you can burn, where you can burn it and what types of outdoor fires are considered legal. Setting a fire in a fire pit or other outdoor container is commonly known as “open burning." Bonfires are prohibited under Savannah's ordinances. The city defines bonfires as being…
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Fire guts room at Norcross hotel

Fire guts room at Norcross hotel

Firefighters responded at 6:31 p.m. Saturday to a report from Norcross Police of a fire at the Knights Inn Hotel, at 5122 Brook Hollow Parkway in Norcross. An officer was driving past the hotel on the way home from work and saw black smoke coming from the building. The officer notified dispatch via radio and began evacuating the building. Firefighters arrived to find a working fire in a guest room with flames and smoke showing from the single-story structure. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames using tank-water from the primary engine at 6:42 p.m. The fire caused heavy damage…
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