1 Fayette firefighter still being treated for burns
3 injured in collapse during Sat. house fire; 1 still in hospital
A Fayette County firefighter is expected to remain in the hospital several more days as he recovers from burns sustained while fighting a house fire east of Peachtree City Saturday morning.
A total of three firefighters were injured when a collapse occurred in the upper level of the home at 180 Platinum Ridge Point, said Lt. Donnie Davis of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The firefighters injured were identified as Lt. Jason Crenshaw, firefighter/EMT Corey Glaze and firefighter/EMT Brad Boemans. Fire officials would not release any information as to which one of the firefighters remained in the hospital, citing federal medical privacy laws.
The firefighters were able to escape the home under their own power, but two were taken to metro hospitals with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries. One of those two was evacuated via air ambulance; the other was transported via ground ambulance, officials said.
Two of the injured firemen were released from hospitals over the weekend: one Saturday and the other Sunday, officials said.
Fire Chief Allen McCullough said an investigation is underway into the fire in terms of how it started and how it was fought by the fire crews.
The fire at 180 Platinum Ridge Point was reported shortly after 11:15 a.m. by the homeowner, and the house was evacuated while fire crews were dispatched to the scene, Davis said.
The first unit arrived within eight minutes and saw heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the home, Davis said.
The fire was located on the upper floor of the house and the county fire marshal’s office is investigating how it began, officials said.
The home was severely damaged in the blaze, which completely destroyed the top floor. The fire was likely aided by high winds in the area, officials said.
Fire crews from Fayetteville and Peachtree City assisted the county in fighting the fire.