Fire destroys mobile home on Wooten Road

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County firefighters, along with automatic aid from the city of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade, fought a mobile home fire on Wooten Road in the south part of the county for nearly three hours this morning.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said the fire was reported around 5 a.m. and the mobile home was approximately 50 percent involved when firefighters arrived.

“Thankfully all occupants were out of the home,” Murphy said in an email.  The occupants said they smelled smoke and saw fire in the home and ran out.  It is unknown at this time if there were smoke alarms in the home.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but the home sustained extensive loss and the heat damaged three vehicles.

The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants, three adults and two small children.

 

 

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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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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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White County after-the-storm assessment

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Public Safety Dir. David Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ga.—White County Public Safety Director David Murphy provided an after-the-storm assessment, following last week’s inclement weather.

“I don’t know if drivers realized the effects of the snow melt, causing a layer of ice under the snow,” Murphy said. “Salt and pre-treatment causing the melt, with temperatures being so cold, it froze as a layer of ice.  You cannot scrape ice off the roadway. This particular snow was dry in comparison to the snow back in December.  The snow was more like pellets than flakes and most likely contributed to the quick freeze into an ice layer.”

Murphy reported more than 25 motor vehicle accidents. Some included multiple vehicles, but only minor injuries were reported and none required transport to hospitals. There were also 14 reports of vehicles that could not move due to icy conditions.

Road closures included the west side of Westmoreland Road, Town Creek Road, Hwy. 129 south between Industrial Drive and Collins Road, Hwy. 115 east between the Habersham County line and Hwy. 254.

The White County School system was closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to icy conditions and wind chill advisories. Government offices were closed and delayed openings due to icy conditions.

White County Public Works Department pre-treated bridges and problem areas while spreading over 150 tons of material in response to icy conditions. All county fire stations were manned from late Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.

Murphy added that no power outages were reported, no requests were made for made for comfort shelters and no fires were reported during the period.

 

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Hazardous road conditions exist in White County

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy is reporting multiple traffic accidents today (Wednesday, Jan. 17) as snow is creating hazardous travel conditions.

Murphy says many roads are “slick and dangerous for travel.” Major problems include Town Creek Road, Westmoreland Road, Westside Hwy. 129 south and Hwy. 115 east.

The message from White County Emergency Management is “do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Hazardous/dangerous travel conditions exist at this time and will not improve through the morning as temperatures will not get above freezing.”

Murphy adds, “Snow is coming to an end across White County. Totals range from one-fourth of an inch to one-half.  All roads are in bad shape. Accidents reported county wide. Schools are closed. Most governments have delayed opening.”

Conditions are not expected to improve much at all today as the temperatures will not get above freezing until Thursday afternoon. Some heating from the sun may help a little with the roads, but they will refreeze.

 

 

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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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Fire Units Respond to Two Weekend Calls

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CLEVELAND, Ga. –- Public Safety Director David Murphy  reported on Monday that  the White County Fire Department along with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland Fire Department responded to two fire calls over the weekend.

On Saturday, fire units responded to a call at a residence on Driskell Road at 7:23 p.m. Murphy said the first units on the scene used a thermal imaging camera in the crawl space on the side of structure and discovered that a water tank had shorted out due to water damaging the electrical components. There was no fire or smoke at the scene.  Fire personnel advised the homeowner to replace the damaged water tank.  Fire personnel secured the water and power to the appliance.

On Sunday, at approximately 5:39 p.m., fire units responded to a fire at Affordable Auto Repair on Highway 115 West. Cleveland fire units were the first to arrive and found a homemade heater that had malfunctioned sending flames from the side of the heater.  The heater was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported.

 

 

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Yonah Mountain Campground Fire Destroys RV

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Public Safety Director David Murphy

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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