Funeral for Georgia Lieutenant

Video: Georgia Firefighters Allow Warehouse to “Burn Itself Out”

Safe approach taken during fire at Buford warehouse due to chemicals
Plus Media Solutions Published Friday, February 13, 2015

Firefighters outside Atlanta say they're allowing a fire at a massive warehouse outside Atlanta to "burn itself out."

Gwinnett County firefighters said firefighters are taking the approach at the Buford warehouse due to potential plumbing chemicals in the building and its former use as a tannery decades ago.

Fire department spokesman Tommy Rutledge says the building known as the Buford Tannery caught fire Tuesday evening and was already engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

Rutledge says a former plumbing business had occupied part of the building.

Rutledge says no one was inside the building when the fire began and no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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Georgia Firefighters React to Death of Macon Lieutenant

FireEMS Blogs: Operational Considerations for Residential Basement Fires

Recent events in Macon, Georgia highlight challenges and risks faced at similar residential structures

By Christopher J. Naum
Published Thursday, February 12, 2015

Basement fires in both residential and commercial occupancies are one of the most challenging tactical operations that present numerous risk factors requiring the highest degree of situational awareness, training skill sets and continuous incident monitoring and assessment to gauge building structural integrity, fire behavior and fire dynamics and corresponding crew integrity and performance.

The predictability of performance in buildings on fire in residential occupancies varies based on building vintage (age), methods and materials of constructions and structural support components, assemblies and systems that when under duress by fire within the basement compartment create definable risks, limited operational time periods and the need for well coordinate tactical deployments managed under incident and command time compressions that are concurrently impacted by degrading building and systems resiliency and declining material integrity- which lead directly to compromise and collapse conditions.

The recent events at a residential fire in Macon, Georgia that involved a basement fire and subsequent floor collapse, numerous fire fighter injuries and reports of a firefighter line-of-duty death continues to bring to light the operational challenges and risks facing companies in safely assessing and conducting fire suppression and support deployments at similar residential occupancies and structures.

Preliminary information coming forth from Georgia and a review of county tax –building records indicates the single story residential building with a ranch design and configuration was constructed in 1962 of Type V Conventional Wood frame construction with approximately 1460 SF of area.

Read More of "Operational Considerations for Residential Basement Fires" from Fireground Leadership

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Fire-damaged I-joists where victim fell in a 2006 incident. Note how the vertical web is almost completely consumed (NIOSH photo)

USFA: Georgia Lieutenant Killed in Collapse

Macon-Bibb County fire officer killed and five others injured during house fire
United States Fire Administration Published Thursday, February 12, 2015

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Lieutenant Randy Parker, 46, of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department on February 11, 2015.

Lieutenant Parker was pronounced dead at Medical Center-Navicent Health and five other firefighters were injured after a structural collapse occurred while fire crews were operating inside of a burning residential structure. According to media reports, the Bibb County coroner said Lieutenant Parker died from burns and smoke inhalation. Three of the injured firefighters are being treated at the Augusta Burn Center; one of the three was in critical condition and airlifted to the Center. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by authorities.

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Randy Parker at
To date, 10 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2015.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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To date, 10 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2015.

Raw Video: Macon-Bibb County House Fire Neighbor Describes Fire That Claimed Georgia Firefighter Georgia Firefighter Killed, Five Others Injured

Floor Collapse Kills Georgia Lieutenant, Injures Five Others in House Fire

Collapse during Macon-Bibb County house fire kills one and injures several others

By FireRescue staff
Published Thursday, February 12, 2015

MACON-BIBB COUNTY, Ga. – One firefighter is killed and five others injured after a floor collapsed during a house fire Wednesday evening.

The Macon Telegraph reports that Lieutenant Randy Parker, 46, was part of a group of firefighters that had responded to a house fire at 2320 Fairview Drive just before 6:00 p.m.

Telegraph Photos: ATF Investigating Firefighter Death

A Macon-Bibb County government spokesman told the Telegraph that the initial fire companies arrived on the scene at 5:51 p.m. At 6:43 p.m. the floor near the front door collapsed sending Parker and other firefighters into the basement. An immediate evacuation was called and rescue operations begun for those trapped.

Parker was transported to Navicent Health, Medical Center of Georgia, where he was pronounced dead.

Battalion Chief Steven Stafford, 59, was flown to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Firefighters Adam Mitchie, 34, and Ferrell Cromer, 46, were transported by ambulance to the burn center. They are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

Firefighters Matt Couey, 27, and Ben Bollinger, 28, were transported to Navicent Health and are reported to be in stable condition.

The homeowners were able to safely escape the fire. Three dogs were killed in the blaze.

Macon-Bibb County officials issued a press release earlier with additional details.

Macon-Bibb District Chief Reflects on Fallen Lieutenant

Fairview Drive House Fire

At 5:46 p.m., the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department responded to a fire a 2320 Fairview Drive off of Rocky Creek Road. It was a single story brick structure that was fully involved by the time the first company arrived at 5:51.

The initial company responding included two engines, two aerials, a Battalion Chief, and a rescue unit. Upon arrival, it was noted all occupants of the structure were already out of the house.

The initial unit entered the structure and began fire suppression measures. At 6:43, the unit was inside the front door when the floor collapsed, and several firefighters fell into the basement.

A Code Red was initiated, meaning an immediate evacuation happened and rescue efforts began.

Six officers were transported to Navicent Health, including one that had been trapped for a significant amount of time.

It is with great sadness that we say Lieutenant Randy Parker passed away in the line of duty tonight, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones, and friends. He is an officer that served our community for more than 20 years.

Three officers are being transported to the Augusta Burn Center, two for smoke inhalation and one for burns on his hand and smoke inhalation. Two other officers remain at Navicent Health for monitoring.

Tonight, we ask our entire community to keep Lieutenant Parker's and the families of our other officers injured tonight in your thoughts and prayers. Also please reach out to their crew members and friends as this is a tragedy which impacts all of us.

At this time, we will not be releasing the other officers' names as we contact families and they continue treatment.

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One firefighter was killed and five others injured while battling a house fire in Macon-Bibb County on February 11, 2015. (WMGT/YouTube video image)

Twins Killed in Georgia House Fire

Kathleen fire was caused by unattended cooking
MIKE MORRIS, The Atlanta Journal Constitution Published Monday, January 26, 2015

Fire investigators in south Georgia on Friday were trying to determine what sparked a blaze at a home in Tifton that left twin 12-year-old brothers dead.

The fire, which was reported about 1:30 a.m., destroyed the family's single-story home in the 600 block of Timmons Drive, according to Glenn Allen, spokesman for state Insurance and Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens' office.

Allen said Jeremiah and Nehemiah Walker died in the fire. Both boys were autistic, and that might have contributed to them being unable to escape the blaze, according to Allen.

The boys' mother, 44-year-old Tangela Walker, and their 15-year-old sister, Florissa Walker, escaped without serious injury.

Allen said his office was also investigating a second fatal overnight fire in Houston County south of Macon. Opal Alford, 86, died in that blaze, which was reported about 7:25 a.m. in the 100 block of Lonesome Doe Circle in Kathleen, Ga.

"The fire has been determined to be accidental and it was caused by unattended cooking," Allen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "A neighbor or bystander was able to enter the home and remove (Alford) from the home, but she died on the scene."

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