Home on New Bridge Road destroyed by fire

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A home and outbuilding on New Bridge Road in Cleveland were destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said White County Fire Services, with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland, responded to a report that the outbuilding was possibly hit by lightning during an afternoon rain storm.  The outbuilding was about 15 feet from the main structure with a 250-gallon propane tank close to the outbuilding just about 10 feet from the home.

Upon fire personnel found the outbuilding heavily involved with fire with radiant heat and fire damage to the home. Hose lines were deployed between the building and the home. One fire team made an interior attack on the home.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the State Fire Marshall was called to investigate the true cause.  The home was equipped with working smoke alarms which did alert the family.

The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants of the home.  No injuries were reported.

 

 

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‘Active shooter’ training exercise at White County Middle School April 4

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CLEVELAND, Ga . — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy wants the public to be aware that an “active shooter training” exercise will take place at White County Middle School on Wednesday, April 4, from 7 a.m. until noon.

This is a joint exercise by the school system, Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, White County Public Safety, Cleveland Fire Department and the Georgia Emergency Management-Homeland Security Agency.

Murphy said the exercise will evaluate the plans for both the system and first responders in the event an actual situation should occur. This exercise will include volunteer students and faculty from White County Schools and Truett – McConnell University.

The public should be aware of the increased presence of personnel on this date and not be alarmed as this is only an exercise of emergency response plans.

School systems and public safety personnel all across Georgia have conducted these exercises for some time, but the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and faculty Feb. 14, has led to a heightened awareness of the importance of such exercises.

 

 

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Citizen tip leads to drug bust in White County

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A citizen’s complaint is responsible for taking more methamphetamine off the streets of White County this week.

Following a two-month investigation, the White County Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Police Department, and the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) served a search warrant at David Bell’s residence, 96 Greenview Court, that resulted in the seizure of 16 grams of methamphetamine, a .22 caliber handgun and a sawed-off shotgun.

The street value of the illegal narcotics is $1,600. Christian Poulos, 22, was at Bell’s house and was arrested for probation violation warrants. Bell, 36, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm with altered serial numbers. Bell and Poulos were transported to the White County Detention Center.

For additional information about ARDEO or to provide tips on criminal activity look for ARDEO @appalachiandtf on Twitter or follow on Facebook @appalachianrdeo and/or Instagram.

The Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office is a multi-agency unit that consists of the following Sheriff’s Offices: White County, Lumpkin County, Towns County, Banks County, Jackson County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Rabun County, Franklin County, the Cleveland Police Department, the Lavonia Police Department, and the Toccoa Police Department, along with the Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the Department of Public Safety, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

 

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Fire destroys school superintendent’s home

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Fire destroyed the Teal Mountain Drive family home of White County School Superintendent Jeff Wilson shortly after noon Monday.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said the house is a complete loss, but no one was at home and no injuries were reported.

White County responded with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland Fire Department. Flames were visible when the first units arrived on the scene.

Murphy said it is believed that the fire was accidental, but state fire investigator Brian Smith was called to determine the cause of the fire.

The Bridge Church in Cleveland has established a fund to help the family. An online donation can be made at www.thebridgeonline.securegive.com and all proceeds collected will go directly to the family, with no administrative fees deducted.

For more information, visit The Bridge Church’s Facebook page or website.

 

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Wednesday’s house fire is being investigated

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White County firefighters battle blaze on Ostrich Drive Wednesday.

CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County firefighters, with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland, responded to a house fire at 238 Ostrich Drive off of Duncan Bridge Road early Wednesday morning.

The 4,000-square-foot house was fully involved when the first units arrived. They quickly confirmed that no one was in the residence and began to knock down the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for more than five hours and reported difficulty with the home’s long, narrow driveway and required assistance in getting the trucks out of the mud.

State Fire Investigator Robi Wilkins was called to the scene, and the incident is presently under investigation.

No injuries were reported as a result of the house fire.

 

 

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Firefighters battle blaze on Goat Neck Road

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County firefighters responded to a residential fire at 1266 Goat Neck Road Wednesday at approximately 10 p.m.

The first units to arrive at the scene found a 1,200-square foot workshop fully engulfed in flames with fire extending to a pump house, a greenhouse and nearly one acre of grass.

Although there were 15 mph winds, the firefighters, with automatic aid of Cleveland Fire Department, made a quick knockdown of the fires using water and firefighting foam to minimize the damage to the contents of the workshop and for quicker extinguishment.

Firefighters remained on scene until 1 a.m. today with a single fire unit returning around 2:30 a.m. to check for any rekindles.

The home owners were at home at the time of the fire, but no injuries were reported.  The state fire investigator will be on scene today to determine the cause of the fire; however, it is deemed not suspicious at this time.

 

 

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City/County Fire Departments Fight Camper Blaze

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Fire Department, with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland Fire Department, responded to a camper fire behind Mossy Creek Grocery south of Cleveland at approximately 2 p.m. today (Nov. 14).

Public Safety Director David Murphy said when fire units arrived, they discovered a 28-foot camper with smoke showing.

“The occupants were not home at the time and 911 was alerted by neighbors who originally attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher,” Murphy said in an email.  “An investigation was conducted and found that the roof air conditioner malfunctioned which caused the living area to ignite.”

The camper received smoke damage and is considered a total loss.  Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the owners.  No injuries were reported.

 

 

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Yonah Mountain Campground Fire Destroys RV

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Fire Department, with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland, responded to an RV camper that caught fire Monday at Yonah Mountain Campground off Helen Highway.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said upon arrival of the first fire units, the RV camper was fully involved and fire had extended to a neighboring shed where it had broken a window and sustained charring from the heat. Another camper close to the shed suffered some heat damage where the occupants had been home at the time.

The State Fire Investigator was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. It is currently under investigation.  No injuries were reported.

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