CLEVELAND, Ga. – For most folks and eight-hour day is fairly routine. But White County firefighters and EMS personnel eight hours on Tuesday was anything but routine.
At 3 p.m., they were dispatched to assist an injured hiker at the top of Mount Yonah. Assisted by C.E.R.T. personnel, they hiked about half a mile from the Ranger Station to the top rock face to find the hiker who had an injured lower leg. They placed the hiker into a Stokes Basket and hiked back down to a med unit where he was evaluated but refused transport to the hospital.
At 10:30 p,m., they responded to a report of a tree that fell on a home during the storm that passed through the area. Once on scene, firefighters confirmed a tree that had fallen onto the house and that the home owners were out of the house and sitting in their car. Fire personnel checked the house and found no additional hazards then called for Red Cross to assist the home owners. There was heavy damage inside and outside the home but there were no injuries to the occupants or responders.
At 11:01 p.m. E-911 received a call for a residential fire reported as a lighting strike to a house on Phillips Drive. White County firefighters along with Automatic Aid from City of Cleveland Fire and Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute Fire Brigade (L.A.C.I.) responded.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a 2,000-square foot home heavily involved with flames showing through the roof. All occupants were out of the home; Red Cross was contacted to assist the three adults and one pet. White County also requested the assistance of our C.E.R.T. personnel to assist with rehab. There was a vehicle in the garage of the home that sustained heat and smoke damage. No injuries were reported; firefighters were on scene for six hours.
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