Lights and Sirens

Thousands lose power during Tinsley Mill flooding rescue

It was another episode of homes being evacuated due to flooding for some Tinsley Mill residents Sunday night. Some residents of the 10 Peachtree City homes returned to their residences Sunday night.

The low-lying Tinsley Mill subdivision off Flat Creek Road near Ga. Highway 54 is no stranger to flooding from heavy rains. And approximately 2.5 inches of rain did the trick Sunday when residents of the 10 homes were evacuated beginning around 6:30 p.m., according to Peachtree City spokesperson Betsy Tyler. Read More»

Fireplace ashes blamed for mobile home fire

Crews extinguish flames from the blaze at a northern Fayette County mobile home. Photo/Special.

Ashes from a fireplace ignited a fire that destroyed a home in the Four Seasons mobile home community Monday afternoon, officials said.

A woman and child managed to escape their home on Dolphin Drive after a neighbor spotted the flames and alerted them, said Capt. Pete Nelms of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The ashes were left on the porch of the residence and may have been re-ignited in part due to wind in the area, Nelms said. Read More»

Residents urged to prepare for severe weather

Weather sirens to be tested Wednesday for statewide drill

As Severe Weather Awareness Week convenes next week, the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is reminding local residents how they can be prepared for weather-related emergencies.

The county maintains a system of 23 severe weather warning sirens located in some of the most vulnerable and densely populated areas. The sirens are sounded during tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings and also during a tornado watch. Read More»

Arson confirmed in two-home Palmetto fire

A Jan. 18 fire involving two homes on Carlton Pointe Drive in Palmetto is under investigation after it was determined that the blaze was intentionally set. Both homes were unoccupied at the time.

Palmetto Fire Chief Henry Argo said the fire call came in at 4:50 p.m., with the first units responding four minutes later. Firefighters arriving at the scene found the homes at 667 and 669 Carlton Pointe Drive on fire.

“We found two homes well involved with fire impinging on the home at 671 Carlton Point Drive,” Argo said. Read More»

Argo re-designated at Fire Chief Officer

Palmetto Fire Chief Henry Argo began his efforts as fire chief in Palmetto in early 2007 after 30 years of experience. This week it was announced by Mayor John Miller that Argo has been re-designated as Chief Fire Officer by the international Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC). Argo is one of only 663 designated chief fire officers worldwide. Read More»

Newnan Fire Dept. gives Life Saver awards

The City of Newnan Fire Department honors its firefighters with their Annual Life Saver Award for 2009. The recipients of this award have saved a life while on duty in 2009. There were nine firefighters this year who accomplished this goal with three lives saved. Read More»

Girl, 16, to face charges in fatal crash

A teenage driver whose Monday morning wreck claimed the life of a fellow Sandy Creek High School student will face several criminal charges, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Delsia Radlein, 16, of Fayetteville, has been charged with vehicular homicide (second degree), driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain lane, violation of Class D license restrictions and a safety belt violation. Read More»

PTC OK's 'raise' for volunteer firefighters

A program to help pay Peachtree City volunteer firefighters expenses will have its maximum cap raised from $3,000 to $4,500 for this budget year.
The stipend program allows volunteers to be compensated $10 for each call they answer, each training event they attend and each time they performa four hour shift of station duty, in which they respond to all necessary calls with no further compensation. Read More»

Oxygen station approved for PTC fire dept.

The Peachtree City Council has decided to go ahead with a $26,000 investment that will pay itself off in four years.
The funds will purchase an apparatus to fill firefighter’s oxygen tanks, which in the long run will save the city a $6,300 a year that’s currently paid for the tanks to be delivered here.
The purchase was funded in the current year budget and the department also saved $18,700 in a different budget for breathing apparatus, officials noted. Read More»

PTC police collecting toys at Kedron Village

Peachtree City police will be at the Kedron Village shopping center Wednesday and Thursday collecting new unwrapped toys for underprivileged children in the area.
As part of the “Light Up the Night” toy drive, officers will be parked in front of Planet Smoothie and the Target store from 4-7 p.m. The blue lights will be flashing for a good cause to help draw attention to the campaign.
The department hopes to fill up the bed of its Ford F-250 pickup with donated toys. Read More»