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Tifton firefighters save man from a burning home

Flames from Tifton house fire Flames from Tifton house fire

June 8, 2008

Tifton--A Tifton man has local firefighters to thank for being alive.

Fire crews were called out to a home on Dorminey Street just after seven Saturday night.

That's were they found the home on fire.

A camera atop a firefighter's helmet captured the scene as they raced to the fire in south Tifton.

"Upon arrival of the first truck in the found the back porch and part of the house heavily involved in a fire, one of the police officers told the supervisor hat we had a victim inside," said Captain Earnest Dove, Tifton/Tift County Fire Department.  

On this particular fire the shift supervisor just happened to have his camera on, and got some pretty good video of what he actually sees when he approaches a fire.

"He turned the camera on about a half a block away and within five minutes, they were in, got the victim, got him out, and had him on a stretcher going to the ambulance," said Dove.

After extinguishing some of the flames Lieutenant Bobby Bennett, and firefighter Elliott Whittney risked their own lives to go in and save 68-year-old Joseph Supter.

"Every time we come around to get the mail, say hi how you doing Mr. Joe. It's a good thing nothing bad happened nobody wants to see anybody else get hurt," said Travis Smith, Joe's Neighbor.

Joe was the only person in the house at the time.

The fire was so hot and high that it singed some of the trees outside.

"There was pretty heavy damage to the home itself, and a lot of smoke damage throughout the rest of the house," said Dove.

Captain Dove said they did everything they could to save the Supter's home despite the difficult conditions.

"Heavy fire off the back porch it was a crowded area kind of difficult to be able to get directly in there close to the house like we need to get and they had to stretch the fire out to get to it," said Dove.

Firefighters got the fire out quickly, and saved a life in the process.

The victim in the fire did suffer burns to his arm, but is expected to be ok.

The firefighter's efforts in this case goes to show that in the friendly city they really do care.

Investigators believe the fire started outside on the porch and was caused by an electrical problem.

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