SAVANNAH, Ga (Monday, July 6, 2020) - During the Fourth of July Weekend - from Friday, July 3, 2020 to Sunday July 5, 2020 - the Savannah Fire Department responded to 18 fires and seven smoke scare incidents where no fire was found. Three of those calls were reportedly related to fireworks:
Firefighters were dispatched to the report of an open area fire behind a restaurant in the 0 Block of Sylvester Formey Drive. They discovered fire in a dumpster behind the restaurant. The manager of a nearby hotel said a person had been shooting off fireworks in that area and he asked them to stop. Employees noticed the fire sometime later.
Firefighters were dispatched to the report of a tree on fire at an apartment complex in the 11400 Block of White Bluff Road. Residents said a firework landed in the tree and caused a fire. Firefighters discovered embers and smoldering moss. They doused the area with water to ensure the fire was completely out.
Savannah Fire units were dispatched to the report of an open area fire in the 1200 Block of E. 41st Street. They spoke with the complainant and searched the area but found no smoke or fire. Firefighters believe the confusion was caused by the large number of fireworks being shot off in the area.
About The Savannah Fire Department:
Savannah’s first fire company was organized in 1759. It became the nation’s first fully mechanized fire department in 1911. Today the Savannah Fire Department is a progressive, future-focused organization comprised of 318 professional, fully-trained career firefighters. The department operates 15 fire stations in a service area comprised of more than 108 square miles.
121 East Oglethorpe Avenue, Savannah, Ga. 31401/912-644-5957/www.savannahfire.org
Jenel Few, PIO
Savannah Fire Department