Lights and Sirens

UPDATED: PTC plant evacuated after sulfur odor is reported

UPDATED for June 29 print edition — Reports of a sulfur smell in the Avery Dennison Corp. plant on Ga. Highway 74 South in Peachtree City June 27 led to the temporary evacuation of up to 90 employees and a portion of the facility but no definitive answer as to the cause of the smell. Read More»

Lightning fire destroys south Fayette home

A family in south Fayette County suffered a near total loss of their home June 24 after lightning that accompanied severe storms struck the Whitewater Creek subdivision house.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson Donnie Davis said the homeowner at 145 Islesworth Way was at the residence when lightning struck the house.

The homeowner heard a loud lightning strike but did not know it was his own home until minutes later when he was investigating the sound of hail striking his home which turned out to be the fire in his attic space, Davis said. Read More»

June 27 gas leak on Hwy. 74 S being plugged

A gas leak that occurred in the late morning hours June 27 after construction crews on Ga. Highway 74 South hit a gas line is expected to be repaired around noon. Motorists are asked to avoid the area until the repair is made.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson Donnie Davis at 11 a.m. said the gas line was hit in the area of Hwy. 74 South between Redwine Road and Manor Drive.

Davis said gas company crews are on the way and are expected to have the line repaired near noon. Davis asked motorists to avoid the area until that time.

Space heater blamed for house fire

Space heater blamed for house fire

An unattended space heater near combustible material was blamed for a fire that damaged a home in north Fayette County early yesterday afternoon, officials have said.

No one was home at 160 West Lake Drive when the fire started, but a neighbor spotted it and called 911 just before 1 p.m. June 22, according to the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Read More»

Couple recovering after Tuesday crash

A local couple who were injured in a two-car collision with a sheriff's deputy late Tuesday morning continue to recover in separate hospitals.

Gerald and Linda Sudduth received several injuries in the crash, according to family friend Carol Hamner. Gerald Sudduth suffered broken ribs, a fractured back and multiple contusions and lacerations, Hamner said. He is recovering in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital where is is conscious "and very concerned for his wife," Hamner said. Read More»

A literal 2-car pile-up

A literal 2-car pile-up

No one was injured, but this two-vehicle crash left an odd scene around lunchtime Tuesday in the parking lot adjacent to the Fayetteville Krystal restaurant. The collision forced the minivan to nearly rollover before it came to rest against the hood of the sport utility vehicle. The occupants of the minivan, including several children, were able to escape on their own before ambulances arrived. Photo/John Munford.

3 injured in collision involving deputy

3 injured in collision involving deputy

None of the injuries believed to be life-threatening

Three people were injured late this morning in a collision between a sheriff's deputy and a minivan on Ga. Highway 314 at White Oak Way, just north of the Fayette Pavilion shopping center.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, but the deputy and two victims in minivan were taken to Atlanta Medical Center and Grady Hospital in downtown Atlanta, emergency medical officials said.

The deputy was responding to a reported shooting when the crash occurred, officials said. Read More»

1 killed in Brooks truck crash

A young Senoia man died this morning after his truck skidded off the road in a one-vehicle crash around 9:20 a.m., sheriff’s officials said.

Elijah Kent Bishop, 19, was traveling east on Morgan Mill Road near Bankstown Road when Read More»

Brush fire threatens Senoia neighborhood

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Senoia’s Hutchinson Cove subdivision resident Chad Rodgers is standing where a portion of his wood fence stood before a brush fire burned it to the ground on June 14. Seven houses on Victoria Trace were threatened but none sustained injury thanks to the quick work of homeowners and the Coweta County Fire Dept. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A number of homeowners in the Hutchinson Cove subdivision off Rockaway Road in Senoia got a scare June 14 when a mid-afternoon brush fire was flamed by windy conditions and quickly encroached on several homes along Victoria Trace. Two fences were damaged and one firefighter sustained a minor injury as fire crews and residents worked to contain the blaze.

In all there were a total of seven homes threatened by the fire, according to Coweta County Fire Dept. Assistant Fire Chief Mitch Coggins. The fire was first spotted around 3 p.m. and was all but extinguished before dark. Read More»

Coweta grieves sudden death of firefighter

Coweta County firefighter Chris Landreau hugs a supporter at a March 26 fundraiser held in his honor. Though expected to return to work in August, Landreau died unexpectedly on June 14. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Coweta County Fire Department and many in Coweta County and surrounding communities lost a friend June 14 when veteran firefighter Christopher Landreau passed away at Emory Hospital after suffering a stroke. Landreau had been diagnosed in February with stage 4 lymphoma.

Chris Landreau joined the Coweta County Fire Department in July 2004 and earlier this year had been assigned to Rescue 1 on A-Shift. Read More»

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