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Posted on: August 13, 2020

May 2020 Responses

May 2020 Responses


SAVANNAH, GA (Thursday, August 13, 2020) – During the Month of May, the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 582 incidents including 112 fires, 187 emergency medical service and other incident calls, 52 hazardous condition calls, 27 public service calls, 58 smoke scare calls and 146 false alarms. Of the 112 fires, 18 were structure fires. Below is a detailed summary of the notable calls for service in May:

 

May 31, 2020

9:17 a.m.

Overheated Equipment, 400 Block of W. Liberty Street

Savannah Fire responded the report of a structure fire at a hotel. Firefighters discovered heavy smoke in a hotel room. A bathroom exhaust fan had burned out. There was no extension beyond the fan motor. Firefighters checked for hot spots and ventilated the room.


May 30, 2020

10:35 p.m.

Fire, 100 Block of Oglethorpe Professional Court

Units were dispatched to a fire in the Oglethorpe Professional Court office park. They discovered a single-story building with heavy smoke and fire streaming from the roof and windows. No one was inside the burning business, but occupants of an adjoining business sheltered in a safe place. Firefighters cut a trench in the roof to prevent the flames from spreading further. Three businesses sustained smoke fire and water damage. Power to the building was cut.

 

May 29, 2020

8:52 a.m.

Fire, 100 Block of Arnold Street

Savannah Fire was dispatched the report of a fire at a homeless shelter. There were no signs of smoke or fire at the scene. However, firefighters were directed to a wooded area across the street. Deep within the woods they discovered a homeless camp with a tent on fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire.


May 28, 2020

1:41 p.m.

Sprinkler Malfunction, 300 Block of W. Boundary Street

Savannah Fire responded to a fire alarm at a college housing facility. No smoke or flames were visible, however, they observed water coming from the attic. Firefighters entered the attic and found a damaged sprinkler pipe. They shut down and drained the fire system. A deputy fire marshal was called to the scene.

 

May 28, 2020

9:37 a.m.

Fire, 500 Block of W. 54th Street

Units were dispatched to a reported structure fire at a residence. They discovered a plastic pencil box had been burned. A section of carpet was damaged, but the fire was out upon their arrival. No one was injured.



May 27, 2020

4:01 p.m.

Motorcycle Accident, 300 Block of Mall Boulevard

Firefighters were dispatched to a motorcycle accident. They discovered an overturned motorcycle and its driver sitting beside it. Firefighters attended to minor scrapes and abrasions on the driver until EMS arrived on scene. Then they assisted with packaging the driver for transport.


May 27, 2020

11:07 a.m.

False Alarm, 700 Block of W. 57th Street

Firefighters were dispatched to a fire alarm at a multifamily dwelling. There were no signs of smoke or fire. They discovered that a couple was having a domestic dispute and one of the individuals activated the fire alarm pull-station out of anger. The fire marshal’s office was notified.


May 27, 2020

9:46 a.m.

Gas Leak, 0 Block of E. Gordon Street

Units responded to the report of a gas leak inside a church. Firefighters discovered a small gas leak near a stove. They shut off the gas, ventilated the building and advised the occupants to have their gas appliances checked by a certified technician before using them again.


May 27, 2020

7:47 a.m.

Carbon Monoxide Incident, 0 Block of Teal Lake Drive

Firefighters were dispatched to a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence. They used meters to detect elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the air. However, the home had no gas service. Upon further investigation they found that the homeowner had a 1961 Chrysler running in the garage. The door leading from the garage to the house was open and the exhaust triggered the alarm.

 

May 26, 2020

9:44 p.m.

Vehicle Fire, 10000 Block of Abercorn Street

Units responded to a vehicle fire. They discovered a fully involved passenger vehicle and quickly extinguished it.


May 26, 2020

6:35 p.m.

Chemical Leak, 0 Block of W. Montgomery Crossroad

Firefighters were dispatched to a carbon dioxide alarm at a restaurant. Occupants were moved to a safe area while firefighters used meters to locate the source of the carbon dioxide leak. They found a leaky valve on a soda dispenser. The machine was turned off and the building was ventilated.


May 26, 2020

2:18 p.m.

Fire, 5100 Block of Waters Avenue

Units were dispatched to an alarm at a multi-story high rise residential building. They discovered that the alarm was triggered when a resident burned incense in the bathroom and accidentally set fire to a roll of toilet paper. The fire was out upon their arrival.


May 26, 2020

1:13 p.m.

Medical Emergency, 3300 Block of Ogeechee Road

A citizen walked up to Station 6 to report that a person was unresponsive in a nearby grocery store. Firefighters responded and discovered that an individual inside the store had been pepper sprayed. Firefighters flushed the individual’s face and eyes and provided basic care until EMS arrived.


May 26, 2020

12:52 p.m.

Hazardous Condition, Rousakis Plaza

A unit was dispatched to a biohazard clean-up in Rousakis Plaza. They discovered an area littered with human waste. It was cleaned up with a bleach and water solution.

 

May 25, 2020

9:21 a.m.

Fire, 1000 Block of Treat Street

Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at a residence. They discovered fire in the attic and quickly extinguished it. Two adults were displaced.


May 25, 2020

2:48 a.m.

Fire, 600 Block of Cape Street

Units were dispatched for a carbon monoxide alarm at a public housing facility. Firefighters discovered elevated carbon monoxide levels in one of the units. Gas was leaking from the stove. They turned off the gas and ventilated the building. The Housing Authority was called to address the issues with the stove.


May 24, 2020

11:00 p.m.

Fire, 900 Block of Gary Avenue

Units were dispatched to a fire. They discovered a fully involved shed. They extinguished the fire and checked the debris for hot spots.


May 23, 2020

7:07 p.m.

Elevator Rescue, 1100 Block of E. Anderson Street

The Savannah Fire Department personnel were waved down by a citizen who told them that an individual was stuck in a nearby elevator. Firefighters entered a multi-story apartment building and discovered that a power outage caused the elevator to stall. One person was trapped inside. Firefighters rescued the individual.

 

May 23, 2020

12:59 p.m.

Downed Powerline, 700 Block of East DeRenne

Firefighters were dispatched to a downed power line. They discovered an arching berlin hanging down between a pharmacy and a busy street. Firefighters blocked off the area and informed the pharmacy personnel of the issue. They stood by until the power company mitigated the issue.


May 23, 2020

4:57 p.m.

Extrication, Eastbound I-16 at Highway 161

Firefighters were dispatched to a vehicle accident. They discovered a car on its side. Firefighters extricated the victim and prepared the victim for transport by EMS.


May 23, 2020

2:24 a.m.

Outside Equipment Fire, 4600 Block of Henry Drive

A citizen approached firefighters at a fire scene to inform them that something was smoldering in his nearby yard. Firefighters discovered a smoldering electrical conduit that ran from the electrical meter to an air conditioning unit. Georgia Power was called to pull the meter and firefighters used a water can to cool the smoldering conduit.

 

May 23, 2020

1:15 a.m.

Fire, 4600 Block of Lanier Drive

Units responded to a structure fire. They discovered heavy smoke and flames coming from a single-story residence and quickly extinguished the blaze.  No one was injured but four adults were displaced.

 

May 22, 2020

11:48 p.m.

Fire, West 60th and Montgomery streets

A unit was dispatched to the report of an open area fire. They discovered a tree limb on fire. The limb appeared to have struck a berlin. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.


May 22, 2020

1:18 p.m.

Fire, East President Street and Northbound Truman Parkway

Firefighters were dispatched to an open area fire at a homeless camp and quickly extinguished the blaze.

 

May 22, 2020

1:04 p.m.

Open Area Fire, 0 Block of Hutchinson Island Road

Units were dispatched to the report of a boat fire on Hutchinson Island. However, they discovered a patch of grass on fire near a marine service company. Managers reported that a berlin had been sparking. Georgia Power was called to mitigate the issue.


May 21, 2020

2:34 a.m.

Fire, 1200 W. Lathrop Avenue

Units responded the report of a fire at an industrial plant. Firefighters discovered a light haze but no visible flames. Upon further investigation they found fire inside a chute leading to a silo.  Firefighters entered the silo to confirm the location of the fire and extinguished it.


May 20, 2020

12:22 p.m.

Mutual Aid Water Rescue, 100 Block of E. Oglethorpe

The Marine 1 Unit was dispatched to assist Tybee Fire with a vessel that was taking on water. As they approached the scene firefighters were informed that a US Coast Guard helicopter crew had air lifted all four passengers from the vessel.

 

May 18, 2020

8:18 p.m.

Unauthorized Burn, 700 Block of Beechwood Drive

Firefighters were dispatched to an open area fire. They arrived on scene and discovered a resident with a backyard burn pit. The fire was extinguished, and the resident was informed of the City ordinance banning yard waste fires within the City limits.

 

May 17, 2020

12:42 a.m.

Open Area Fire, 1500 Block of Mills B. Lane

Firefighters were dispatched to an open area fire at community center. They discovered a small grassy area on fire. They blaze was caused by cooking charcoal. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.


May 16, 2020

12:55 p.m.

Vehicle Fire, 7500 Block of Abercorn Street

Units responded to the report of a car on fire in a furniture store parking lot. As firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, strong winds caused the fire to spread to nearby shrubs. The car and shrubbery fires were fully extinguished.  


May 15, 2020

10:27 a.m.

Fire, 800 Block of Wheaton 

A unit was dispatched to the report of an open area fire in a homeless camp. They discovered that the flames were spreading to the brush nearby. Firefighters extinguished the fire.

 

May 14, 2020

2:31 p.m.

Fire, 0 Block of Randolph Street 

Units responded to an alarm activation at a large warehouse. No smoke or flames were visible. Upon investigation firefighters found that water was seeping from beneath the building. Firefighters forced the door to reduce the flood damage. Inside they found a faulty riser. A deputy fire marshal was called to the scene.


May 14, 2020

1:36 p.m.

Gas Leak, 100 Block of W. Bay Street 

Units responded to the report of a gas leak at a multi-story building with commercial and residential units. Firefighters used meters to identify the source of the gas leak and stood by until the issue was mitigated by the gas company.


May 13, 2020

8:27 p.m.

Fire, 100 Block of Woodhouse Lane

Firefighters responded to the report of an apartment fire.  They discovered smoke coming from a second-floor window and quickly extinguished the blaze. The fire originated in the kitchen of one of the apartments and spread to the floor above. The neighboring apartment was damaged. Nine residents were displaced.



May 13, 2020

5:02 p.m.

Public Service, 100 Block of Burke Avenue

Firefighters were called to help EMS gaining entry to a home where a resident had fallen. Firefighters forced entry and helped an elderly person into a chair. The scene was turned over to EMS.

 

May 13, 2020

4:31 p.m.

Fire, 1300 Skidaway Road

Firefighters were dispatched to a fire. They discovered a burning mattress outside a building. Firefighters extinguished the fire.


May 12, 2020

7:32 p.m.

Fire, 4200 Montgomery Street

Firefighters responded to a fire. They discovered smoke coming from the roof a building in the area where workers were using a torch to cut metal rooftop. The hot metal ignited tar roofing materials. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.


May 11, 2020

6:14 p.m.

Fire, 0 Block of Eagle Street

Units responded to an alarm in a 4-story structure. They discovered a small fire on a third-floor balcony. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

May 11, 2020

5:16 p.m.

Rescue, 1200 E. 51st Street

Units were dispatched to rescue an individual on a roof. They discovered that the person on the roof was experiencing a medical emergency. Firefighters rescued the individual.

 

May 11, 2020

4:58 p.m.

Fire, 1100 Block of Louisville Road

Firefighters responded to the report of a structure fire. They discovered fire outside of a building in an area where a berlin had come down. The power company shut off the electricity and firefighters extinguished the blaze.


May 11, 2020

12:38 p.m.

Fire, 2800 Block of Noble Oaks Drive

Units were dispatched to the report of a structure fire. They discovered a kitchen fire that was out upon their arrival. Firefighters made sure the fire was completely out.


May 11, 2020

7:42 a.m.

Fire, 2300 Pine Tree Road

Units responded the report of a fire. They extinguished a fire on a roof. The cause is under investigation.


May 10, 2020

7:19 a.m.

Fire, 3600 Block of Ogeechee Rd

Units responded to the report of a fire at a hotel. They discovered a blaze in a room that was being cleaned. The fire was quickly extinguished.


May 8, 2020

2:06 p.m.

Open Area Fire, 0 Block of W. Gateway Boulevard

Firefighters responded to an open area fire near an apartment building. They discovered a large open area fire in an area littered by cigarette butts. The fuse box, HVAC Units and electrical wiring was damaged by the fire.


May 8, 2020

12:23 p.m.

Trash Fire, 1900 Block of Louisville Road

Units responded to the report of a large open are fire. Firefighters discovered a large pile of burning garbage and extinguished the blaze.


May 8, 2020

12:57 a.m.

Public Service, 1200 Collins Street

A unit was dispatched to assist with a Haz-mat response. An individual had acid spilled on their body and was being transported to Savannah High School to be airlifted for treatment. Firefighters were called to set up a safe landing zone. They remained on scene until the patient was transported by helicopter.   


May 7, 2020

11:24 a.m.

Fire, 11100 Bliss Avenue

Units responded to the report of a structure fire. They discovered a wooden equipment shed that was fully engulfed in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished.


May 6, 2020

11:24 a.m.

Fire, 300 W. 33rd Street

Units were dispatched to the report of a structure fire. They arrived on scene to find that a fire occurred in a wall socket. The residents used an extinguisher to put out the fire. Firefighters made sure the blaze was completely, ventilated the structure and advised them to call an electrician.


May 5, 2020

8:44 p.m.

Mutual Aid Water Search, Highway 17

Units assisted Jasper County Fire Rescue with a partially submerged vehicle on the South Carolina Side of US Hwy 17. Firefighters determined there was no one inside the vehicle.


May 5, 2020

5:02 p.m.

Fire, 700 E. 38th Street

Units were dispatched to a fire. They discovered that a carriage house resident had extinguished a small fire on the landing. Firefighters made sure the fire was completely out. There was no power to the area where the fire occurred, and the resident said they do not smoke.


May 4, 2020

5:02 p.m.

Fire, 100 Sebring Place

Firefighters were dispatched to a fire. They discovered fire near a fence and extinguished it.


May 3, 2020

3:16 a.m.

Fire, 1700 Block of E. Drayton Street

Firefighters responded to a fire at the City of Savannah Code Compliance building. The structure was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene. Investigators determined that the blaze was intentionally set.

 

May 2, 2020

8:40 p.m.

Fire, 200 Tibet Ave

Firefighters were dispatched to the report of an apartment fire. They discovered that the occupant had burned food on the stove. The fire was out when firefighters arrived. Firefighters checked for hot spots and cleared the apartment of smoke.

 

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