PTC firemen save 3 dogs from blaze

Mon, 02/22/2010 - 11:33am
By: John Munford

Peachtree City firefighters rescued three dogs from a house fire that occurred early this morning during a heavy electrical storm.

The fire at 301 Robinson Road was reported via 911 at 4:38 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Joe O’Conor. When firefighters arrived there was smoke and fire showing from the home’s crawlspace and smoke coming from the attic also, he said.

The family had already evacuated the home but the dogs were trapped inside, O’Conor said. The first fire crew to enter the house was able to bring the pets to safety, he confirmed.

Approximately 20 firefighters responded to the call, O’Conor said.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated but it is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, O’Conor said.

It took about 25 minutes to get the fire under control. Damage was limited to the crawlspace and an area surrounding the chimney, O’Conor said.

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Submitted by fiddle on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 1:54pm.

I would think that the more firemen present ~ less damage to the house and less danger to the firemen. God bless them all!

Submitted by justacitizen on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 6:17am.

Firefighters are true heroes in my book. They risks their lives for us everyday. Bring as many as you can to my house if its burning. I would pay a one time fee for that. Unlike the beat cop who shows up after the fact writes a report and sits in turn lanes running radar to create revenue from speeders.That gives the city a bad name. Bring on the fire guys. I always drop money in the boot to support their causes. Suggest you do the same (If you choose). I know we need cops as well just work on the perception. It comes from the top!! Make our city look good as our firefighters do!!!

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 8:56pm.

Good job. Thank you to all of our volunteer firefighters, we owe you all more than what we can afford to pay you.

To answer the blogger below, even 20 firefighters is not enough especially when it is your home that is on fire. I have required the help of our firefighters several times over the past year. They are awesome, and they really seem to love their jobs and love helping people. Thanks for keeping us safe.

Submitted by idk_revisited on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 7:29pm.

Interested to hear any firefighter thoughts on this - what do 20 firefighters do on the scene? If you can explain it, maybe it would help us understand why you need so many.

Submitted by normal on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 8:03pm.

Lets say 2 crews go in to attack the fire. Thats 4, 2 on each hose. Usually when they come out a new team goes in. Thats another 4 to 6. Then you may need ladders thats 2 to 4 more. Another 1 on the pump. Also 2 to 4 if your running a tanker shuttle do to no hydrants. I was told Fayette sent a tanker up. You need a command post set up. Also an ambulance and crew standby at the fire. Ok Im getting tired. As you see it takes a lot of folks to be safe as possible.

Submitted by PTCGOIL on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 7:55pm.

but a note to those that are-this is a trick question. Do not answer it. You'll be darned if you do either way.

Other than the obligatory "valuable training and hands on experience" answer, there is the "how many would you like to answer a call if it's your house on fire"? It took almost a half hour for 20 to get it under control, would you be satisfied if it took 10 of them a full hour to get it under control? How many of these fighters did it take to get the three dogs out?

One question to idk-how much did your homeowners policy premium drop on Feb. 1st when you called them with the new higher ISO rating this dept. just earned all of us? I think we can all be thankful of the 20 person response with a pat on the back to all who contributed to this effort. And be grateful no one was hurt.

Submitted by idk_revisited on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 9:12pm.

I wanted to give an opportunity for someone to explain the use of that many people, which normal did quite well.

I guess the point of my story is - there are LOTS of people, in lots of situations in government, that are necessary. We found out how important those 20 positions in Public Works and Recreation were when we lost the quality of our maintenance...our public safety is essential at the numbers we have - even more, maybe...

So, if we need all these things and they cost so much money to maintain, support, train, etc. - why do we complain that the government is being wreckless with our money?

Is the path system something we feel we need as a City? Is it worth the cost of building, maintaining and designing.

What DON'T we need? Honestly - I'm interested in an evidence-based discussion - tell me what PTC government is doing wrong budget wise....anybody????

Submitted by idk_revisited on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 7:28pm.

sorry, double post.

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