Firefighters battle downtown Camilla blaze - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Firefighters battle downtown Camilla blaze

December 7, 2006

Camilla -- Fire crews were on the scene of a huge fire in downtown Camilla Thursday night. Camilla firefighters had to call for back-up, and several other departments rushed to the scene.

The fire started in an empty building but spread to an adjoining storage warehouse and threatened several nearby businesses.

Fire officials were on the scene since 6:30 Thursday evening battling the blaze. The fire broke out at an old building under going remodeling at the corner of Court Alley and Oakland Street. No word on how the fire started, but officials do have the flames contained.

Camilla firefighters were joined by four nearby departments to get this destructive fire under control.

The flames started in a vacant part of a downtown Camilla building, but they spread to an adjoining warehouse where Camilla businessman Ray Dixon stored furniture and hardware that he sells at his Dixon Furniture and Hardware Store.

"I don't know what to think I've never had anything like this happen to us before," said Ray Dixon.

Dixon says that many items on layaway for the holidays were stored at the warehouse. He watched as the flames demolished his building.

Residents say they've never seen such a huge fire in downtown Camilla before.

"There have been a few incidents, but none like this that I've seen," said Arthur Hicks.

"Nothing downtown, nothing like this," said Diane Dixon.

Camilla fire Chief Randy Walker took the job as chief four days ago, and he says his new department was able to work quickly and efficiently with the other departments.

"Large older building, fires tend to spread quite rapidly in them, so I'm very pleased with the operation, being able to contain it to that original building, and protecting the nearby businesses," said Chief Randy Walker.

The fire didn't spare Ray Dixon's warehouse, and now he wonders what he'll do about losing so many items before the holidays.

"We don't know how it started or what. It's burned all my christmas layaway merchandise," said Ray Dixon.

For property owners like Dixon there are many questions about the fire investigators are working to have answered soon.

The State Fire Marshals Office and Camilla Fire Department are currently investigating what started this fire.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=CamillaFire/NJ

 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Pelham street signs will soon go up to honor State Championship team

    Pelham street signs will soon go up to honor State Championship team

    Thursday, March 30 2017 11:03 AM EDT2017-03-30 15:03:00 GMT
    (Source:WALB)(Source:WALB)

    The votes are in and Pelham has officially revealed it's new street signs honoring the girl's basketball state championship teams. The city polled community members on it's facebook page with two different designs.

    More >>

    The votes are in and Pelham has officially revealed it's new street signs honoring the girl's basketball state championship teams. The city polled community members on it's facebook page with two different designs.

    More >>
  • Sumter Co. Fire Dept. fights blaze at home

    Sumter Co. Fire Dept. fights blaze at home

    Thursday, March 30 2017 10:50 AM EDT2017-03-30 14:50:21 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Sumter County Fire & Rescue is on scene of a house fire off Highway 280 East. 

    More >>

    Sumter County Fire & Rescue is on scene of a house fire off Highway 280 East. 

    More >>
  • Making Marines: A full day at Parris Island

    Making Marines: A full day at Parris Island

    Thursday, March 30 2017 7:57 AM EDT2017-03-30 11:57:58 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    WALB's Re-Essa Buckels got her first full day of Marine Recruit Depot bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina. Buckels was invited to attend Marine Corps Educator's Workshop to study how Marines are made. A Marine says "You have just taken the first step at becoming a member of the world's finest fighting force." Sixty educators, some from Jacksonville, some from Baton Rouge lined up on the legendary yellow footprints; the first place all recruits stop, be...

    More >>

    WALB's Re-Essa Buckels got her first full day of Marine Recruit Depot bootcamp at Parris Island, South Carolina to study how Marines are made. Sixty educators, some from Jacksonville, some from Baton Rouge, lined up on the legendary yellow footprints; the first place all recruits stop.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly