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Posted on: October 19, 2020

September 2020 Responses

September 2020 Responses

 

SAVANNAH, GA (Monday, October 19, 2020) – During the Month of September the Savannah Fire Department responded to more than 630 incidents including 58 fires, 2 excessive heat incidents, 226 emergency medical service and rescue calls, 62 hazardous condition calls, 29 public service calls, 45 smoke scare calls and 204 false alarms. Of the 58 fires, 15 were structure fires. Below is a detailed summary of the notable calls for service in September:


September 30, 2020

2:14 p.m.

Water Search, East President Street at North Truman Parkway

Firefighters were dispatched to the report of a possible drowning in a canal. The Technical Rescue Team searched the water and found no evidence to substantiate the report. 

 

September 30, 2020

11:26 a.m.

Fire, 0 Block of Artley Road 

Firefighters responded to the report of a fire at a warehouse. They discovered a smoldering fire in an industrial hopper used to load sawdust into transport containers. Crews worked for more than an hour to ensure that the fire was completely out in the hopper and a transport container. No one was physically injured. 

 

September 29, 2020

12:55 p.m.

Gas Leak, 1000 Block of E. Gwinnett Street

Firefighters responded to a gas leak call. They discovered that a construction worker accidentally damaged a gas line. Firefighters cleared the area and remained on scene until the gas company mitigated the issue.

 

September 29, 2020

11:38 a.m.

Carbon Monoxide Incident, 1400 Block of E. 49th Street

Units responded to the report of a carbon monoxide alarm. The resident said she was baking and smelled something odd before the alarm went off. Firefighters monitored the air and discovered elevated carbon monoxide levels inside the home. The oven was identified as the source of the problem. The resident was advised to have the oven professionally repaired before using. 

 

September 26, 2020

9:49np.m.

Vehicle Accident, East President Street at Pennsylvania Avenue

Units responded to an accident involving an automobile and a moped. The moped driver was unconscious. Firefighters worked with EMS to treat the moped driver’s wounds before packaging the driver for transport to the hospital.   

 

September 26, 2020

8:20 p.m.

Elevator Rescue, East Congress & Drayton streets

Firefighters responded to the report of a stalled elevator. Firefighters opened the elevator doors and rescued 12 adults and three children. Power to the elevator was cut and maintenance was notified. 

 

September 26, 2020

5:12 p.m.

Elevator Rescue, 100 Block of E. Congress Street

Firefighters responded to a stalled elevator call at a parking garage. They discovered 12 people trapped inside and rescued them. One person was treated for shortness of breath. The elevator was secured, and maintenance was notified. 

 

September 25, 2020

8:41 p.m.

Smoke Scare, 1000 Block of Dutchtown Road

Firefighters responded to the report of a burning smell in an apartment bathroom. Firefighters discovered a plug-in air freshener causing the smell. The air freshener was removed.

 

September 25, 2020

6:33 p.m.

Fire, 1900 Block of Bull Street

A citizen alerted firefighters at Station 5 to a smoking trash can nearby. Firefighters discovered a smoldering backpack inside the trash can. They extinguished it with a water can and turned the scene over to Savannah Police. 

 

September 25, 2020

5:18 p.m.

Fire, 400 Block of Washington Avenue

The Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at a residence. The resident informed them that she was burning old paint off a window when it began to smoke. She used an extinguisher to smother out the smoldering window frame. Firefighters checked for hot spots and made sure the fire was completely out. 

 

September 25, 2020

2:14 p.m.

Vehicle Extrication, 200 Block of W. Montgomery Crossroad

Savannah Fire units responded to the report of an overturned vehicle. They discovered a two-car crash with one vehicle on its side. Two people were trapped inside. Firefighters stabilized the car and rescued the victims. 

 

September 25, 2020

6:58 a.m.

Fire, 700 Block of W. 52nd Street

Firefighters responding to a residential fire discovered flames coming from the garage. They quickly extinguished the fire inside the building and attic.

 

September 24, 2020

8:08 p.m.

Fire, 1300 Block of Collins Street

Firefighters were dispatched to the report of a structure fire. On scene they discovered that the oven caught fire, but it was extinguished by the residents. Firefighters ventilated the home then checked for hotspots and other potential hazards. 

 

September 24, 2020

3:36 p.m.

Open Area Fire, 12500 Block of Kingwood Drive

Firefighters were dispatched to an open area fire. They discovered that a homeowner was burning leaves in a backyard fire pit. The homeowner extinguished the fire and firefighters explained the ordinance, which prohibits yard waste fires in the City limits. 

 

September 24, 2020

1:59 p.m.

Public Service, 0 Block of Ferrill Street

Firefighters were called to assist EMS units with a citizen who fell in the bathroom and was unable to get up. Firefighters forced entry to the locked home and turned patient care over to EMS.

 

September 23, 2020

9:07 p.m.

Vehicle extrication, Eastbound I-16 at Gwinnett Street

Savannah Fire units were dispatched to a vehicle accident. They discovered an unresponsive driver trapped inside a wrecked vehicle. Firefighters initiated care, extricated the driver and turned the patient over to EMS.

 

September 23, 2020

11:53 a.m.

Hazardous condition, 500 Block of E. Liberty St.

Units were dispatched to a homeless outreach facility for the report of a kitchen fire. They discovered a small area on the countertop that was charred. The charring was caused by excessive heat from oven. There was no fire. Firefighters cut power to the oven, checked for hot spots and advised the staff to have the oven repaired by a professional before using. 

 

September 23, 2020

11:36 a.m.

Fuel spill, 1100 Block of E. 38th Street

Firefighters were dispatched to report of a hazardous materials spill. They discovered that machinery used to install power poles turned over and damaged two vehicles. The machine was leaking gas and hydraulic fluid. Firefighters contained the spill while power company officials cleared the damaged machinery.

 

September 23, 2020

6:57 a.m.

Transport Vehicle Fire, 600 Block of E. Lathrop Avenue

Firefighters were dispatched to a vehicle fire. They discovered a fully loaded diesel fuel tanker truck on the side of the road. The driver had used a fire extinguisher to put out a small engine compartment fire. Firefighters monitored the engine compartment temperature and stood by until the truck was hauled away. 

 

September 22, 2020

8:31 a.m.

Fire, 500 Block of Mimosa Place

Firefighters responded to the report of a residential fire. They discovered a dryer fire in the laundry room. The fire was extinguished, and the dryer was removed. 

 

September 21, 2020

5:21 p.m.

Accident with injuries, Ogeechee Road and Chatham Parkway

Savannah Fire units were dispatched to a three-car accident. They provided first aid and packaged two patients for EMS transport. 

 

September 21, 2020

12:33 p.m.

Fire, 4700 Block of Herty Drive

Firefighters were dispatched to check for hot spots at a fire that was out upon their arrival. 

 

September 21, 2020

9:25 a.m.

Public Service, 12500 Block of White Bluff Road

Savannah Fire Department units were called to help EMS and Savannah Police officials gain entry to a locked apartment with an injured resident inside.  

 

September 20, 2020

5:38 p.m.

Smoke Scare, 1000 Block of Habersham Street

Savannah Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire.  Firefighters discovered a resident grilling on the porch of his home. They advised the resident of the ordinance requiring grills to be used at a safe distance away from buildings. 

 

September 20, 2020

9:55 a.m.

False Alarm, 7200 Block of Skidaway Road

Savannah Fire units were dispatched to a carbon monoxide alarm. However, air meter readings were normal. They discovered that the alarm was beeping because the battery was low. 

 

September 17, 2020

6:51 p.m.

Cooking Fire, 0 Block of Litchfield Drive

The Savannah Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire.  Firefighters discovered that a plastic container had melted and burned inside the oven. They removed the container and ventilated the structure. 

 

September 17, 2020

5:39 p.m.

Vehicle extrication, E. President Street and Southbound Harry Truman Parkway

Firefighters were dispatched to the report of an overturned vehicle in a body of water. On scene firefighters discovered a two-car accident. One vehicle was on its side and partially submerged. Two people were trapped inside. Firefighters used a ladder to remove the trapped individuals and provided patient care. 

 

September 16, 2020

3:36 a.m.

Fire, 600 Block of W. 40th Street

Units responded to the report of a structure fire but saw no signs of smoke or fire. The homeowners informed them that a faint smoke smell was coming from the attic. Firefighters discovered smoldering insulation fire around an attic light. Firefighters extinguished the fire and power to the structure was cut. The residents were displaced. 

 

September 15, 2020

8:25 a.m.

Cooking Fire, 0 Block of Abercorn Street

Firefighters were dispatched to a restaurant cooking fire. They discovered that an employee had extinguished a fire in a fryer. Firefighters cut power to the affected area and notified the Fire Marshal and the Health Department. 

 

September 14, 2020

1:51 p.m.

Police Matter, East Oglethorpe and Abercorn Streets

Firefighters were outside Station 3 when they noticed a driver passed out behind the wheel at the corner of Oglethorpe and Abercorn. The driver did not respond when firefighters banged on the window. They were able to enter the car and remove the keys from the ignition. Firefighters assessed the driver’s condition and turned the scene over to Savannah Police. 

 

September 13, 2020

1:16 a.m.

Unintentional Sprinkler activation, 200 Block of W. Victory Drive

Units were dispatched for a reported fire alarm at a college dormitory.  Firefighters discovered a water leak that triggered the alarm. The property was placed on fire watch and the scene was turned over to maintenance for repairs. 

 

September 12, 2020

11:01 p.m.

Fire, 100 Block of McIntyre Street

The Savannah Fire Department was dispatched to a dryer fire. Firefighters unplugged the dryer and removed a smoldering towel that had fallen behind the dryer and overheated. They checked for hot spots and ventilated the building. 

 

September 12, 2020

4:19 p.m.

Vehicle extrication, 100 Block of Barnard Street

Firefighters were called to rescue a child whose fingers were stuck in a car door. Firefighters extricated the child and turned the child over to EMS for care. 

 

September 12, 2020

7:52 a.m.

Accident with Injuries, Edgewater Road and Valentine Drive

Firefighters were dispatched to an accident involving a car and a motorcycle. Two people were injured when the motorcycle driver swerved to avoid colliding with the car. Firefighters provided patient care. 

 

September 11, 2020

11:51 p.m.

Elevator Rescue, 500 Block of W. River Street

Firefighters were dispatched to an elevator rescue. They found an elevator car stuck between the second and third floors. Firefighters made access to the passengers through the roof of the elevator car and rescued 13 adults. 

 

September 11, 2020

4:13 p.m.

Fire, 600 Block of W. 54th Street

Firefighters dispatched to an apartment discovered that a lit cigarette had fallen onto a mop and caused a smoldering fire. Firefighters extinguished the mop and cleared the smoke from the apartment. 

 

September 11, 2020

3:39 p.m.

Fire, 0 Block of Clyde E. Martin Drive

Firefighters were dispatched to an alarm activation at a hotel. Upon arrival they smelled smoke in the mechanical room. After gaining entry they were told that a plumbing company had damaged a freon line. A maintenance employee tried to repair it and accidentally set fire to insulation and studs in the wall. Staff used wet rags to put the fire out. Firefighters checked for hot spots and contacted the Fire Marshal’s Office. 

 

September 11, 2020

10:09 a.m.

Elevator Rescue, 4700 Block of Waters Avenue

Units were dispatched to rescue victims form a hospital parking garage elevator.

 

September 11, 2020

9:31 a.m.

Overheated Motor, 13100 Block of Abercorn Street

Firefighters responded to the report of a fire at a fast food restaurant. They discovered a light haze in the lobby and sheltered all customers and employees in a safe place nearby. Firefighters determined that a rooftop air conditioning unit overheated. 

 

September 11, 2020

9:20 a.m.

Carbon Dioxide Leak, 300 Block of Mall Boulevard

Firefighters were dispatched to the report of a carbon dioxide leak at a restaurant. Firefighters discovered a leaky carbon dioxide valve and shut it off. The restaurant staff was advised to make repairs before reopening.

 

September 10, 2020

11:54 a.m.

Public Service, 374 N. Lathrop Ave.

Savannah Fire Hazmat units responded to the report of a toxic smell coming from the sewer. They discovered elevated gas levels. Firefighters removed the manhole cover to ventilate the sewer and returned the gas levels to normal. They also contacted City Maintenance crews and alerted them to the issue. 

 

September 9, 2020

10:05 p.m.

Cooking Fire, 0 Block of Godley Park Way

Units were dispatched to a fire alarm at a residence. Upon their arrival the homeowner reported that she was heating incense oils on the stove and started a fire. The fire was out, but firefighters checked for hot spots.

 

September 9, 2020

5:49 a.m.

Mutual Aid, 8500 Block of Ferguson Avenue

The Savannah Fire Department was called to provide mutual aid to Chatham Fire and Emergency Services. Savannah Firefighters arrived on scene to find a fully involved commercial building. Units were assigned to assist with fire suppression. 

 

September 8, 2020

5:02 a.m.

Vehicle Fire, 2300 Block of Alabama Avenue

Units were dispatched to a vehicle fire. Firefighters discovered a fully engulfed vehicle in a driveway. The flames had spread to the rear of a second car parked nearby. Firefighters extinguished the fire. 

 

September 6, 2020

12:55 p.m.

Public Service, 600 Block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Savannah Firefighters were dispatched to a partial roof collapse at a grocery store. They discovered clogged scuppers on the roof, which may have caused the collapse after a heavy rain. Units ensured that power was cut and called Building Services to the scene. The Building Services Inspector deemed the structure unsafe and informed the owners that repairs were required. 

 

September 6, 2020

2:18 a.m.

Fire, 2500 Block of Mississippi Avenue

Units responded to the report of a structure fire. Residents said they woke up to find a cable box on fire and used water to extinguish the fire. Firefighters removed the charred cable box and checked for hot spots. They also warned the residents of the dangers related to the extension cords being used throughout the house. 

 

September 5, 2020

10:02 p.m.

Downed Powerline, 0 Block of E. 39th Street

The Savannah Fire Department was called to the scene of a house that was damaged by a fallen tree. Firefighters evacuated occupants from the structure and made sure power was cut. The tree took down power lines, pierced the first-floor ceiling and caused extensive damage to the first floor and second floor porch. 

 

September 5, 2020

6:00 p.m.

Elevator Rescue, City Market Parking Garage

Units were dispatched to a stalled elevator. They opened the car doors and rescued 13 adults and 2 children. Parking Services was notified about the elevator issue.

 

September 5, 2020

3:11 p.m.

Fire, 700 Block of Barton Street

Savannah Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at a single-story residence. Units quickly extinguished the blaze and ventilated the structure. 

 

September 5, 2020

1:51 p.m.

Fire, 2400 Block of Montgomery Street

The Savannah Fire Department responded to the report of an open area fire. Units discovered a tree limb fell in a roadway and caused a power line to land on a commercial building. Light smoke was coming from the roof. Power was cut and firefighters extinguished fire between the ceiling and roof line. 

 

September 5, 2020

11:36 a.m.

700 Block of Barton Street

Units were dispatched to a structure fire. They discovered heavy smoke and fire coming from the structure. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and cut power to the structure. Two people were displaced. 

 

September 5, 2020

9:16 a.m.

Fire, 3300 Lanark Street

The Savannah Fire Department responded to the report of an open area fire. They discovered smoke and flames coming from a structure and two sheds in the backyard. A neighbor helped the two residents escape the fire. Both were transported to an area hospital by EMS. 

 

September 5, 2020

12:18 a.m.

Fire, 11500 Block of Abercorn

Units were dispatched to a fire at a doughnut shop. They observed a haze inside the building, which was closed. Firefighters forced entry and discovered that the sprinkler system had extinguished a grease fire. They checked for hot spots and ventilated the building. 

 

September 4, 2020

10:01 p.m.

Fire 400 Block of W. 35th Street

The Savannah Fire Department responded to the report of a structure fire. Units discovered a two-story residence with heavy smoke and flames coming from the structure. Firefighters extinguished the blaze. The cause is under investigation. 

 

September 4, 2020

6:57 p.m.

Fire, 2100 E. 42nd Street

Units responded to a fire at a residence. They discovered a carport on fire. The occupants had just used a grill and left it in the carport. Firefighters extinguished the blaze. 

 

September 4, 2020

11:36 p.m.

Open Area Fire, 1400 Block of E. 53rd Street

Firefighters were dispatched to an open area fire. They discovered a homeowner burning leaves in the backyard. The fire was extinguished, and the homeowner was informed of the City ordinance barring trash and yard waste fires. 

 

September 4, 2020 

10:58 a.m.

Arching Electrical Equipment, 1200 Block of W. 42nd Street

Units responded to the report of a structure fire. They discovered that a television was spewing smoke. Firefighters removed the television and checked for hot spots. 

 

September 4, 2020

10:57 a.m.

Accident with Injuries, W. Bay and Fair streets

Units were dispatched to an accident involving a tractor trailer and a motorcycle. Firefighters provided patient care and the patient was transported to an area hospital by EMS. 

 

September 3, 2020

11:08 p.m.

Accident with Injuries, McIntyre and Comer streets

Firefighters were dispatched to an automobile accident. Firefighters discovered a car that hit a tree. The driver was entrapped. Firefighters broke the rear window to extricate the driver.  

 

September 3, 2020

6:59 p.m.

Medical Emergency, Abercorn and E. York streets

Firefighters were called to assist an unconscious person in a public square. Units discovered an individual lying on a bench. The individual was conscious and alert, but family members said the individual had passed out earlier. Firefighters provided patient care then turned the scene over to EMS.

 

September 3, 2020

2:56 p.m.

Fire, 2300 Block of Wilemere Pl

Units were dispatched to a fire at a residence. Firefighters discovered smoke coming from the rear of the building. Firefighters extinguished the blaze. The resident was displaced. 

 

September 3, 2020

1:40 p.m.

Open Area Fire, 2500 Block of Mississippi Ave.

Firefighters responded to the report of an open area fire. They discovered four piles of burning yard waste at a vacant residence. Firefighters extinguished the fires. Neighbors said crews were working in the yard earlier that day. The scene was turned over to SPD.

 

September 1, 2020

10:37 p.m.

Mutual Aid, Tybee Island Shipping Channel

Savannah Fire’s Marine Unit was called to assist the U.S. Coast Guard with a search and rescue operation for an individual that fell off the Tybee Pier.  

 

September 1, 2020

1:37 p.m.

Fire, 2200 Block of E. 59th Street

Units responded to the report of a structure fire. Firefighters discovered heavy smoke coming from a residential structure. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, preventing it from extending beyond a laundry room. Power was cut and four people were displaced.  

 

September 1, 2020

8:00 a.m.

Water Leak, 1400 Block of Richards Street

Units were dispatched to the report of a fire at a community center. Firefighters discovered a smoking hot water heater. Firefighters cut gas to the unit and secured a leak at the valve. A City maintenance crew was on site to make repairs. 

 

September 1, 2020

12:00 a.m.

Animal Rescue, 100 Block of W. 31st Street

Savannah Fire was dispatched to a residence to rescue a dog. The homeowner put a dog in a running tub to give it a bath. The homeowner stepped out of the bathroom for a moment and closed the bathroom door behind them. But the doorknob fell off, locking the dog inside. Firefighters pried the door open and rescued the dog. 

 

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