Mobile home fire that killed two people is considered accidental

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today that the mobile home fires that killed two people and seriously injured another on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 125 Autumnwood Way in Cleveland is considered accidental

Commissioner King’s State Fire Investigations Unit received a call from the White County 911 Center at 3:21 a.m. about a fire that a neighbor had called in around 2:49 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, state investigators discovered the bodies of two deceased women and one injured man.

“The bodies of the deceased were removed from the scene and sent to the GBI Crime Lab for autopsy and identification,” said Commissioner King. “The injured man was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital. All three were believed to be residents of the home on Autumnwood Way.”

State fire investigators are assisting the White County Fire Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, and the White County Coroner’s Office in this case.
There have now been 59 known fire fatalities in Georgia in 2020.

The mission of the Office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner is to protect Georgia families by providing access to vital insurance products and safe buildings through fair regulation that creates economic opportunities for all Georgians.

 

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UPDATE: 3 people injured in Stansel Rd. brush fire

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – On Tuesday (Jan. 21) at approximately 6:30 p.m., White County fire units with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland responded to a reported structure fire at 1135 Stansel Road off Adair Mill Rd.

Once on scene, it was determined that is was not a structure fire but a brush pile that was smoldering and a flammable liquid was used. This caused an explosion resulting in burns to two unidentified adult males. One was transported via helicopter with life- threatening injuries and one refused treatment/transport. An off-duty sheriff’s deputy who lived next door received minor burns to his hands while trying to render aid.

Fire personnel extinguished the brush pile and remained on scene to assist with landing zones and patient care. Units were on scene for approximately two hours.

An unidentified 19-year-old male suffered second- and third-degree burns and was airlifted to Grady Burn Center in Atlanta and was last reported in stable condition. The name is being released due to notification of next of kin.

A unidentified 20-year-old male suffered first- and second-degree burns to his lower extremities. He refused to transport and was treated on scene.

An off-duty White County patrol deputy lived next door, responded to the scene and received first degree burns to his hand while trying to render aid to the burn victims.

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Two people injured in brush pile fire on Stansel Rd.

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – On Tuesday (Jan. 21) at approximately 6:30 p.m., White County fire units with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland responded to a reported structure fire on Stansel Road off Adair Mill Rd.

Once on scene, it was determined that is was not a structure fire but a brush pile that was smoldering and a flammable liquid was used. This caused an explosion resulting in burns to two unidentified adult males. One was transported via helicopter with life threatening injuries and one refused treatment/transport.  An off-duty sheriff’s deputy who lived next door received minor burns to his hands while trying to render aid.

Fire personnel extinguished the brush pile and remained on scene to assist with landing zones and patient care.  Units were on scene for approximately two hours.

 

 

 

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House fire started by outdoor grill left unattended

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Fire Services — with Automatic Aid from City of Cleveland Fire, City of Helen Fire, and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade 1 — was dispatched to 216 Welcome Lane in Cleveland at 1:30 a.m. today

The home owner advised the 911 Center that he could see smoke and flames and they were exiting the home. Upon arrival of the first fire units, the 3,500 square-foot home was heavily involved with fire. Once fire personnel extinguished the fire, firefighters began salvage and overhaul including the removal of personal items from the home to avoid further damage.

State Fire Investigator Brian Smith was called to the scene and determined that the fire appeared to have started in the area of the main floor outdoor deck where the owner had been using a Big Green Egg just hours before the fire occurred. According to the owner, they left the fire in the Big Green Egg still burning with the lid closed after removing their food. The fire appears to have burned up the back wall of the residence and into the attic area.

The White County CERT REHAB team responded to the scene and assisted the home owners and fire personnel on scene. There were no injuries reported and the home owners declined assistance from the Red Cross as they have family in the area.

Firefighters were on scene for more than nine hours.

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Firefighters respond to rekindled fire on Bell Shadows

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — On Thursday (June 6) White County and City of Cleveland firefighters were dispatched to a fire at a single-wide mobile home on Bell Shadows that rekindled from the previous day.

On arrival, there was smoke coming from the residence and upon further investigation, firefighters found that the ceiling portion of the kitchen was smoldering.

Fire personnel used about 250 gallons of water to extinguish the fire.
No one was in the home Thursday as the residents were displaced and already being lodged by Red Cross. No injuries were reported.

 

White County Fire investigator Jason Reed was called to the scene to determine fire cause and make his findings and is currently under investigation

 

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First responders rescue woman whose vehicle capsized on flooded roadway

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – On Thursday, May 31, at approximately 5:30 p.m., White County Fire Services personnel responded to a report of a Hummer-type vehicle travelling on Joe Franklin Road in northern White County that had left the heavily flooded roadway and overturned into Duke’s Creek.  It was also reported that the vehicle had a single occupant who was visiting White County from a southern Georgia county.

Two White County Fire personnel and two White County Sheriff deputies walked the rugged hillside terrain along the overflowing and fast moving waters of Duke’s Creek.  Within 15 minutes, rescue personnel located the female who had exited the vehicle and was holding onto a holly tree, the water was about 4- to 5-feet deep from the flooding.  Rescuers brought the female out of the water and walked her back to the awaiting ambulance for evaluation; the female refused transport.  The entire operation lasted about an hour and a half.

 

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Firefighters battle two residential fires in two days

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Fire Department has had a busy week so far, responding to two residential fires in two days. Fortunately no injuries were reported in either.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy reported that firefighters responded to a residence on Star Lake Lane in the Sautee Valley at approximately 6 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, light smoke was showing from the structure.  Upon investigation, the home had a wood burning stove which was too close to the sofa. A log had rolled out and struck the sofa causing it to ignite.

An occupant was checked by White County Emergency Services but denied any injury and refused transport. The home sustained significant smoke damage.

On Tuesday at approximately 2 p.m., firefighters were called to a residential structure fire on Anteater Drive south of Cleveland.  Upon arrival, all occupants were out of the home.

The fire was quickly extinguished however the home had extensive damage at the front door and the attached porch/deck. In checking for extensions, a portion of the metal roof had to be removed and a tarp was placed on the roof to protect some of the contents.

A family pet was able to escape injury and was turned over to the occupant for safe keeping.

No injuries were reported. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants.  Fire Investigator Jason Reed with White County Fire Services determined that an electrical arcing of an extension cord occurred at the front door which started the fire.  Firefighters were on scene for approximately two and one half hours.

 

 

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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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White County Fire Department receives prestigious award

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Fire Department was awarded the 2018 Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) in the amount of $1,500 to be used for the purchase of smoke detectors.

The GFBF is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the fire service and burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities and assist burn survivors in their recovery.

The Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant Program was founded in memory of Gwinnett County career firefighter, Brant Chesney, who lost his life December 27, 1996, battling a fire as a volunteer with the Forsyth County Fire Department, and all other fallen firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty in the state of Georgia.

Grants awarded under this program are to be used by fire departments in the state of Georgia to develop a new program or enhance an existing public life safety program, dedicated primarily to fire safety and burn prevention education.

The GFBF received over 20 applications this year and awarded funds to six fire departments totaling over $15,000. Funding for the grant and other GFBF programs/services is made possible by the annual “Give Burns the Boot” fundraising campaign — supported by a number of fire departments around the state — as well as individual donations and corporate sponsors.

To learn more about the GFBF, please visit their website at www.gfbf.org or call the office at 404-320-6223.

 

Rental cabin fire believed to be accidental

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SAUTEE, Ga. – A fire that completely destroyed a rental cabin Sunday evening is determined to be accidental.

White County Fire Department was called to the scene around 10 p.m. When the first units arrived, the cabin at 202 Clarice Lane was fully involved.

Occupants of the cabin advised E-911 Dispatch that the side of the cabin was on fire from an outdoor fireplace and extending to the exterior front and side walls. Once fire units arrived on scene, the fire had spread to the interior. Mutual aid was requested from the Habersham Fire Department and the Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade.

Firefighters were on scene for approximately three hours fighting the fire and remained on scene for an additional two hours to ensure the fire did not spread to adjacent rental cabins and homes. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

The Red Cross was called in for the occupants; however, the management of the rental company assisted the occupants by providing another cabin for the occupants.

State Fire Investigator Brian Smith was called to the scene, and the incident is deemed accidental and is presently under investigation.  It is probable that the outdoor fireplace may have traveled through the flue and in between the walls of the main residence (attached) thus causing the structure to be a total loss.

 

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It was a busy weekend for White County first repsonders

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CLEVELAND, Ga. –White County first responders spent a very busy weekend responding to calls.

Saturday evening, firefighters responded to the report of a lost hiker on Yonah Mountain. The hiker was located and walked out to the parking area on Chambers Road. The hiker was evaluated by EMS but did not require transport to the hospital. This search and rescue operation lasted approximately three hours.

Sunday morning, E-911 advised fire officials that several hikers on Yonah Mountain saw a dog that was stranded out on a ledge. Four personnel from White County Fire Services along with Jessica Tanner of White County Animal Control responded. A firefighter was lowered down the cliff where he secured the dog and both were then hoisted back up. The dog was placed in the custody of Animal Control; the dog was not injured.

Sunday evening, White County firefighters — with mutual aid from Lee Arrendale firefighters and White County EMS — responded to a report of a high level fall on Yonah Mountain. Upon arrival, it was found to be a male that had fallen at the rock steps sustaining an injury to his leg. Responders hiked in about one-quarter mile, placed the patient in a stokes basket and brought him out to the awaiting ambulance. Firefighters then assisted in packaging and loading the patient for transport.

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Firefighters battle mobile home fire on Veras Dr.

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Monday morning at 10 a.m., White County firefighters with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland responded to a residential structure fire on Veras Drive.

Upon arrival, light smoke was showing from the eaves and once access was made to the home, black smoke filled the living area.  Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and cleared the home of smoke.  The occupant arrived on scene and stated he had just left about 20 minutes prior.

It was determined that the stack from the wood burning stove was slightly dislodged at the roof but enough to allow for the fire to burn into the attic area of the mobile home.

The occupant had denied Red Cross assistance; no injuries were reported.  Firefighters were on scene for approximately 45 minutes.

 

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Fire destroys storage shed, vehicles on Water Cress

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Late Thursday evening around 11:30, firefighters from White County, City of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale, were dispatched to a residential fire on Water Cress Rd on the west side of White County.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a 12 x 16 storage building with a 6 x 16 porch fully involved.  The home owners were home at the time of the fire and called 9-1-1.  Although the shed was approximately 25 feet from the residence, it did not extend to the main home. However, two vehicles sustained front end damage from the extensive heat.

White County Fire Investigator is currently investigating the cause of the fire.  The Red Cross was not called and no injuries were reported.  Firefighters were on scene for 2 hours.

 

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Sautee home destroyed by Sunday fire

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SAUTEE, Ga. – Firefighters from White County, the City of Helen and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade responded to the report of a residential fire on Deerpath Drive.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the 1,500-square foot home was completely engulfed in flames.

According to firefighters, there was no one home at the time of the call. However, one of the occupants came home to find that the smoke alarms were sounding and there was smoke throughout the home and called 911.

White County CERT REHAB truck was requested at the scene. Firefighters remained on the scene for five hours.  No injuries were reported and Red Cross assistance was declined.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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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 Ricky West Road

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County firefighters along with the City of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale firefighters responded to a residential fire on Ricky West Road today (Jan. 16) at 4:30 a.m.

The home owner called in the fire but he informed the 9-1-1 Center that the house was already heavily involved and that he was the only occupant.  He also stated that he suspects it may have started in the chimney and spread quickly through the home.  The fire is currently under investigation by White County Fire Investigator, however, it is not deemed suspicious.

Firefighters were on scene for more than five hours. The White County CERT REHAB truck was called to the scene to assist firefighters and the home owner.  Fire personnel continued to check on the property throughout the day for hot spots.  No injuries were reported and assistance from Red Cross was declined.

 

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