Lights and Sirens

Fryer blaze shutters S. F’ville Wendy’s for 2 weeks

An early morning fire at the Wendy’s restaurant in south Fayetteville Tuesday has resulted in the store being closed for interior repairs, a company spokesperson said.

The fire was started by a fry cooker that caught fire, and firefighters responded to extinguish the blaze, said Wendy’s spokesman Denny Lynch.

The restaurant, located off Ga. Highway 85 south at the Summit Point shopping center, was closed at the time and no one was inside when the fire occurred, Lynch said.

The store, which was damaged by the smoke from the fire, is expected to be closed about two weeks, Lynch said.

Behind the big booms, light show on 4th, plenty of work

Shawn Hardy of Liberty Pyrotechnics shows the “cake” firework box at left, one of 10 that comprised the grand finale for Peachtree City’s annual July 4 fireworks show last week. Photo/John Munford.

As the rain left the area in plenty of time, there was again much to enjoy about Peachtree City’s annual fireworks display July 4th.

But there’s plenty of work done in advance to make sure the show goes off smoothly, according to Shawn Hardy of Liberty Pyrotechnics.

The display was actually prepared several days in advance, with security staying on-site 24 hours a day until after the big show.

It took two days to set up the show, working 12 hours a day in the 100-degree temperatures. Read More»

UPDATED: Resident jumps 2 floors to escape N. Fayette fire

A resident escaped the flames by jumping from a second-floor window and required hospital treatment. FIrefighters were chased from the burning home by flames and resorted to aerial hosing of the badly damaged home. Photo/John Munford.

UPDATED for print — Fire heavily damaged a north Fayette home Monday afternoon, forcing the home’s occupant to jump from a second floor window to avoid the mounting flames, fire officials said.

The fire at 118 Windmeadow Way in the Stillbrook Estates subdivision caused heavy damage on the interior, eating through the roof, much of the second floor and extending to the first floor.

Fire officials determined that a candle on the ground floor of the home somehow started the blaze. Read More»

Security system false alarms about to get costly in F’ville

Get ready to pay a fine for a false alarm from your security system if you live in Fayetteville.

Starting Monday, July 16, Fayetteville will begin enforcing its false alarm ordinance.

“Alarm users will be billed for false alarm activations which occur on, or after this date,” according to Detective Mike Whitlow of the Fayetteville Police Department. “Alarm users who have not registered their alarms will also be fined if they have an alarm activation and there is no current registration on file for that user.” Read More»

F’ville PD honors its 5th class of Citizens Police Academy graduates

Participants in the 5th Annual Fayetteville Citizens Police Academy got their graduation certificates last month after completing the 12-week course that gave them an overview of the department’s roles and functions. Photo/Special.

The Fayetteville Police Department last month completed yet another Citizens Police Academy. Now in its fifth year, the 2012 class consisted of 11 of Fayetteville’s citizens.

Department spokesman Steve Crawshaw said the academy was hosted in an effort to increase the community involvement with the Fayetteville Police Department and offer insight into the services provided.  Read More»

Feeling like a firefighter

Feeling like a firefighter

The Public Safety Expo at Drake Field in Peachtree City on July 4 gave visitors a good sense of what police officers and firefighters do and what equipment they use. The annual Water Battle took place in the afternoon and afterwards children got to hold the hose as it sprayed out gallons of water. Also making appearances at the event were Hawk 1, the Sheriff’s Department helicopter, one of the Peachtree City Police Department’s new motorcycles and a fire truck. Photo/Michael Boylan.

PTC, Fayette officials: Take precautions in 100-degree heat wave into next week

Summer has arrived in Georgia with a vengeance, as the National Weather Service is predicting several consecutive days with the daytime temperature hovering at or above the 100-degree range. It will start out as dry heat but the mugginess will increase by Sunday. Read More»

F’ville extinguishes fire dept. merger with Fayette

It was an idea designed to save money by consolidating the Fayetteville Fire Dept. with Fayette County and, at the same time, rolling back the millage rate to offset an increase that would be paid by city taxpayers for what they would owe on the fire district tax. But the June 21 work session of the City Council ended with a consensus that the city should retain its own fire department. Read More»

Hella helps PTC Police

Hella helps PTC Police

Hella Inc. of Peachtree City recently donated emergency lighting products to the Peachtree City Police Department which will be deployed on emergency vehicles and the trailers for the Community Emergency Response Team. Hella Marketing Coordinator Monika Boutwell (L) made the presentation recently to Police Capt. Stan Pye. Photo/Special.

Fire chief: sprinklers saved Kedron Fieldhouse

Peachtree City Community Services Director Jon Rorie (L) and Recreation Director Cajen Rhodes review the fire damage in the storage room at the Kedron Fieldhouse Thursday afternoon. Photo/John Munford.

Arson suspect arrested hours after blaze; pools, building to remain closed for cleanup

The fire sprinkler system saved Kedron Fieldhouse from being destroyed by fire early Thursday morning, but a malfunction in the fire alarm system resulted in the facility being under two inches of water because a switch failed to send an alert to the city’s alarm monitoring company, officials said.

“The sprinklers saved that building,” Peachtree City Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth told the city council Thursday night. “Otherwise instead of cleaning up the building, we’d be moving it with a bulldozer. There’s no doubt that sprinkler saved that building.” Read More»

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