Several fires and a school bus wreck dominated calls to Barrow County Emergency Services during the last week. Among the calls were:
3/11 At 1:52 PM Communication Officers received a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle accident near 774 Christmas Avenue. Engine 3 and Med 3 responded and found two vehicles involved in a rear end collision. Both vehicles suffered moderate damage. One patient was transported to a local hospital.
3/12 At 6:00 AM Communication Officers received a 911 call reporting a vehicle fire at 48 Briscoe Mill Road. Engine 3 and Med 3 responded and found a passenger vehicle with heavy fire showing from the engine compartment. Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire and keep it from spreading to the passenger compartment. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Investigation Unit.
3/13 At 3:00 PM Communication Officers received a 911 call reporting a woods fire at 389 Castle Avenue. Engines 5 and 7 as well as Med 7 responded and found a riding lawn mower that was fully involved in fire. The fire had spread to the grass and woods near it and was growing fast due to windy conditions. Crews worked quickly and were able to bring the fire under control.
3/14 At 12:18 PM Communication Officers received a 911 call reporting a woods fire in the Turtle Creek subdivision. Engine 7 responded to assist Winder Fire Department in extinguishing this fire.
3/14 At 12:29 Communication Officers received a 911 call reporting another woods fire at 2155 Dooley Town Road. Engine 1 and Med 1 responded and found approximately one acre of woods burning. Crews utilized water and fire rakes to contain and extinguish the fire.
3/14 At 1:16 PM Communication Officers received a 911 call reporting a fire at 520 Commercial Drive. Engines 3, 1, 6 and Ladder 7 were dispatched due to callers advising Communication Officers that the fire had spread to a vehicle as well as large propane tanks near the business. Upon arrival of firefighters Engines 1 and Ladder 7 were cancelled. Firefighters found a large pile of cardboard and pallets burning that had extended to a vehicle as well. The grass fire had spread close to two five hundred gallon propane tanks also. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control. Statham Police responded also to investigate code violations pertaining to the fire.
3/15 At 8:00 AM Communication Officers received a 911 call reporting a school bus that had slid off the dirt roadway at 1049 Puckett Road. Engines 5 and 4, Med 5 & 4, Battalion 1 and Deputy Chief John Skinner responded and found the bus in the ditch. Five students were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
3/15 At 4:18 PM Communication Officers received a 911 call reporting a possible house fire at 413 Fawn Drive. Engines 1, 3 and 6, Med 1 and Battalion 1 were dispatched but quickly cancelled as caller advised it may just be someone burning behind the home. Engine 1 continued and found the resident on the scene with an illegal burn behind the resident. Firefighters extinguished the fire.