Kitchen Fire on River Run Causes Minor Damage

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Ana Newberry, spokeswoman for White County Fire Services, reported a residential fire at 425 River Forest Run Wednesday afternoon.

Newberry said upon arrival of the first fire unit, firefighters saw smoke coming from the front door of a two-story, wood frame structure. They shut off the propane to the structure while conducting a walk around. Upon entry to the home, they found that there was a small fire in the kitchen.

They set up a positive pressure ventilation fan to remove the smoke.  The fire was contained to the kitchen cabinets with little fire damage to the main floor. The structure was checked with a thermal imaging camera and all was clear.

After the fire was extinguished, fire personnel removed as much water and debris from the structure as possible. Habersham Electric Membership Coop was contacted and decided to pull the meter, cutting off power to the residents due to possible electrical dangers.

There was no one home at the time of the fire. However, the smoke alarms were operational and sounding upon arrival of firefighters. There were no injuries and the homeowner declined Red Cross assistance because he has family in the area to stay with.

It was determined that the fire started with candle that had been left unattended and ignited the kitchen cabinets.

 

 

 

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Fire Damages Home on Jesse Hunt Road

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt reports that a fire destroyed the kitchen and did extensive smoke damage throughout a home at 294 Jess Hunt Road Friday.

Pruitt said the first fire units on scene discovered the fire in the kitchen area and it was quickly extinguished with automatic aid from the White County Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

The occupants were away from home when the fire started and the power had been out for several days prior to the fire.

Pruitt said the fire was investigated by Assistant Cleveland Fire Investigator Jason Davis, appears to have been caused by an electrical malfunction and does not appear to be suspicious.

 

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No Injuries Reported in Residential Fire Wednesday

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David Murphy

CLEVELAND – Units from the White County and Cleveland Fire Departments responded to a residential fire Wednesday evening at 85 Ellis Drive in Cleveland.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy reported that a dryer at the home caught fire and when the residents’ attempt to extinguish the blaze with a chemical extinguisher was unsuccessful they called 9-1-1.

Fire personnel quickly extinguished the fire then placed a smoke ejector in the residence to eradicate the home of smoke.  All other fire units were canceled and damage was contained to the dryer unit only.

The occupants did have working smoke alarms and they did activate.

Fortunately here were no injuries reported.

 

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No Injuries Reported at Nursing Home Fire

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Fire Department with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland Fire Department responded to a fire at the Friendship Nursing Home, 161 Friendship Road Sunday evening.

No fire or smoke was visible from the exterior of the building when the first units arrived. However, there was smoke inside. Nursing home personnel were already in the process of moving residents to safety. Firefighters discovered the source of the small fire was a fan in the storage room. It was quickly extinguished and the fire crew conducted a further investigation.

The nursing home staff contacted an electrician which concluded that the building was safe for the residents to return.  There was one minor injury to a staff member that had inhaled some smoke who did not require transport to the hospital.

Firefighters were on scene for 2 ½ hours.

 

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Fall Injures Woman on Smith Creek Trail

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An unidentified woman is being airlifted by a DNR helicopter after being injured Saturday.

HELEN, Ga. – An unidentified 53-year-old female suffered a broken ankle Saturday while hiking along Smith Creek Trail in Unicoi State Park just north of Helen and had to be airlifted by a Department of Natural Resources helicopter.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mark McKinnon said, “Because of how rugged the terrain is we couldn’t transport her on a stretcher so we used a long line beneath a helicopter to extract her and bring her to the nearest landing zone.”

White County Public Safety Spokeswoman Ana Newberry said White County firefighters with mutual aid from the City of Helen and Lee Arrendale and White County EMS were also dispatched to provide assistance.

One firefighter received minor injuries from a fall during the rescue attempt but did not need to be transported.

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Commercial Fire, Car Fire Keep Firefighters Busy Wednesday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Fire Department with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland Fire Department responded to a fire at Freudenberg NOK at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Upon arrival, fire units were escorted to a dryer room where a dryer unit had ignited.  The fire was quickly extinguished by fire personnel and the damage was contained to the affected dryer unit.

There was no damage to the building and no injuries. The cause of the fire is believed to be a malfunction of equipment.

At 9:30 a.m., a Sky Lake resident was returning home when her vehicle experienced a mechanical failure. The vehicle stopped running near the pool area in Sky Lake and once the driver and a young occupant exited, the engine compartment became fully involved.

Firefighters from Station 3 and the City of Helen Fire Department extinguished the fire. There were no injuries and property damage was limited to the vehicle.

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Firefighters Respond to Fire at Subway

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Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt

CLEVELAND, Ga. — Cleveland Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt reported a fire at the Subway shop at 897 Main Street Thursday at 7:41 p.m.

Pruitt said units from the Cleveland Fire Department were dispatched in response to an electrical fire. A customer in the restaurant used a fire extinguisher to slow the spread of the fire before firefighters arrived. The fire was located in the wall of the restaurant  which had to be partially removed to extinguish the fire completely.

Units from the White County Fire Department were also dispatched but Pruitt said they were cancelled prior to their arrival.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

 

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Family Escapes House Fire Uninjured but the Home on Lakeview Lane is a Total Loss

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Firefighters from White County, the City of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale responded to a house fire on Lakeview Lane, west of the Cleveland city limits at about 6 a.m. today.

White County spokeswoman Ana Newberry said in an email that all occupants of the home had exited the 1700-foot structure before firefighters arrived and that flames could be seen through the roof of the structure.

The homeowner, who was not identified, told firefighters she “awoke to the smell of smoke and later heard an explosion” and quickly exited the home with her children.

The state investigator and local fire investigators were called to the scene to try and determine a cause.  The home is unlivable at this time.  Firefighters were on scene for about three hours. No injuries were reported.


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