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A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
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Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Plumes of heavy smoke shot high into the air early Thursday morning from the roof of a home at 627 West First Avenue.
"Upon arrival we found the north end of the structure was on fire. We pulled some attack lines to control the fire," said AFD Battallion Chief Mike Styles.
Firefighters battled the early morning blaze from outside and inisde the vacant home as heavy flames spread throughout the house which burned for more than an hour. Neighbors spotted the flames and called 911. While no one was one was currently living at this address, it still isn't clear if someone was inside when the fire started.
"Right now it's still under investigation. The meter was red tagged. We havent found anyone at this time but we're going to do a secondary search to make sure no one was inside," says Styles.
With several boarded-up, vacant homes along this stretch of First Avenue, concern is that someone might have sought refuge inside this home to escape frgid tempratures which dipped into the lower 20s.
"We want to advice anyone not to use any sort of ignition source to stay warm. Try using some of the shelters to stay warm at night," Styles said.
Fire inspectors will now conduct a further investigation into the cause. The home is a complete loss.
Neighbors say the home owner moved out of the home three weeks ago. They also tell us that it is not uncommon for vagrants to seek shelter in the vacant or abandoned homes in the area.
Fire officials urge anyone who sees someone enterning an abandoned building to contact Albany Code Enforcement.