Mike Wilbur

FL FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN RESPONDING APPARATUS CRASH

Hall County firefighters were able to extinguish a duplex fire Wednesday afternoon in Oakwood, but three employees on their way to the scene sustained minor injuries after a single-vehicle incident.

Firefighters were called out around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 to a fire in the 4100 block of Pebble Creek Lane off of McClure Drive, where heavy flames were coming from the attic.

Hall County Fire Services Division Chief Zach Brackett said the fire was extinguished quickly.

The Hall County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating, and the American Red Cross was contacted to assist two displaced occupants. No injuries were reported from the fire.

One vehicle, however, enroute to the fire was involved in a single-vehicle incident which is being investigated by Georgia State Patrol.

Three employees were taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville for minor injuries described as “bumps, bruises (and) lacerations,” according to Brackett.

Brackett said Friday, May 1, the cause of the fire has been determined to be “accidental in nature and caused by cooking.”

The three employees were released from the hospital Wednesday evening and are recovering at home.

State patrol said the firetruck was heading west on Allen Street on a curve when it failed to maintain its lane and traveled off the north shoulder.

After getting back on the road, it started rotating clockwise, and the driver’s side struck a curb and water meter covers at Oakwood Elementary School.

“After initial impact, (the firetruck) continued to rotate clockwise. The rear driver’s side of (the firetruck) then struck a stop sign and (the firetruck) overturned onto part of a private drive at 4500 Allen St. at the Oakwood Elementary School,” according to the state patrol report.

The firetruck came to rest in a ditch. The driver said he was driving between 40 to 45 miles per hour.

One of the employees said he fell on top of the driver and “ended up kicking the front windshield out of the firetruck.”

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