USA — A series of brush fires Tuesday night left Rome Firefighters utilizing many resources and also left one firefighter injured.
Rome FireEngine 8 was the first to respond to one of the two fires. Calls began coming into Floyd 911 around 9:30 PM that the woods were on fire behind Mount Berry Square Mall. Engine 8 arrived on the scene to find that a thicket of young pines were on fire near Sears and the food court, though the fire was inaccessable to their engine. The fire was slow in spreading, but was moving into the tops of the pines, prompting them to ask for further assistance from BrushTruck 1 and the Georgia Forestry.
As firefighters fought the blaze in the north end of the county, multiple callers reported a large fire at the other end on GA Highway 101 at Dean Rd. Though Dean Rd. is in Polk Co., the fire was said to extend back into Floyd County. Both Rome Fire Engine 10 and Polk Fire units moved in and observed heavy smoke and flames even before they arrived on the scene. Though it was unknown if any structures were in danger, Engine 3 was called in to assist along with Georgia Forestry.
Just as firefighters reported they had gained control of the Rockmart Hwy. fire, a call for Floyd EMS and Rescue 1 came across the radio from Engine 3 after a firefighter was impaled though the thigh by a limb. Though both Floyd and Polk EMS responded, but were cancelled en route by Car 25, who transported the firefighter to Floyd Medical Center where his condition is unknown.
Firefighters had gained control of both fires by 10:00 PM though GA Forestry was plowing precautionary breaks around them.