Firefighter killed in an apparent flashover:
Fireman, resident killed in Johns Creek fire
Another hospitalized; two more hurt at Atlanta blaze
By ERIC STIRGUS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 05/28/07
A Fulton County firefighter and another man were killed Monday in a fire at a home in Johns Creek, officials said.
Firefighters got their first call about the fire at 5 a.m. at 325 Gorham Close, officials said.
Firefighters and officials gather outside a Johns Creek home where a firefighter and a resident died in an early morning blaze Monday.
Five firefighters rushed to the scene, where a couple was asleep in the master bedroom and a dog was also inside the house, said Georgia fire and insurance Commissioner John Oxendine.
The woman and the dog escaped. The woman alerted firefighters that a man was still inside, Oxendine told reporters.
Three firefighters searched the house in one direction. Two went in another direction.
As the two firefighters searched near the kitchen, they were overcome by a sudden burst of heat and smoke known as a "flashover," officials said.
Other firefighters pulled the two injured firefighters from the home.
One of the firefighters was taken to North Fulton Regional Hospital, where he died, said Fulton County fire department Lt. Gregory Chambers. He wasn't immediately identified, pending notification of family members, Chambers said. The man the firefighters were looking for was found dead shortly after 8 a.m. inside a room above the garage, Chambers said. His name wasn't immediately released.
The other injured firefighter was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for second-degree burns to his hands and wrists, according to Chambers.
"It's a terrible tragedy," said Oxendine, who inspected the scene with some of his investigators.
Oxendine said it appeared the fire started from candles lit inside the home's screened porch.
"(The candles) get very, very hot and fire can be caused by it, even if they're in a glass container," Oxendine said.
Meanwhile, two Atlanta firefighters were injured fighting a possible arson inside a southwest Atlanta apartment, officials said.
The fire was the second blaze within five minutes inside the apartment, located at 2786 Old Hapeville Rd. Firefighters were called to the scene at 1:19 a.m. The firefighters were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released, officials said.
Staff photographer John Spink contributed to this article.
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05-28-2007, 12:52 PM #1
LODD AtlantaDo a little dance, make a little rum, Italian Ice! Italian Ice!
Actual lyric: Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight, get down tonight.
(KC & The Sunshine Band "Do A Little Dance")
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05-28-2007, 01:12 PM #2
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05-28-2007, 08:30 PM #3
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Rest in Peace,
Thoughts go out to the family and friends and the department."Far better it is to dare mighty things than to take rank with the poor timid spirits, who know neither victory nor defeat." FDR
05-28-2007, 09:42 PM #4
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God bless the members and family of our lost brother, RIP
05-28-2007, 10:32 PM #5
rest in peace, brother....First in, Last out, nobody left behind.....
05-28-2007, 10:50 PM #6
Rest in Peace Firefighter Felix Roberts.IAFF-IACOJ PROUD
05-28-2007, 11:05 PM #7
05-28-2007, 11:21 PM #8
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- Now in Victoria, BC. I'm from beautiful Jasper Alberta in the heart of the Can. Rockies - will always be an Albertan at heart!
My condolences to the Roberts family and the Fulton County Fire Department.
Sleep with angels, Felix
05-29-2007, 04:37 AM #9
A tragic waste...Rest in peace.
05-29-2007, 07:23 AM #10
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RIP Brother it happened just a hour and a half south of me."Lead Follow Or Get Out Of The Way"
05-29-2007, 06:46 PM #11
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Rest In Peace Brother.
05-29-2007, 11:43 PM #12
My thoughts to the family and the fire department.
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