Man severely injured in fire at maintenance shop
by Wes Mayer
A man was severely injured in a flash fire that engulfed a maintenance shop in north Coweta County on Thursday.
Around 3:20 p.m., units with the Coweta County Fire Department were dispatched to the 200-block of Doc Perry Road to a commercial building fire. According to Deputy Fire Chief Todd Moore, when units arrived they found the three bays of a maintenance shop were fully involved in flames and a middle-aged man had been injured by life-threatening burns. The victim was conscious and was able to talk to emergency responders.
Firefighters and emergency medical units immediately tended to the victim, Moore said, and a helicopter ambulance was dispatched to transport the man to the burn center of Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. The victim was picked up near Macedonia Baptist Church on Macedonia Church Road. According to public safety radio traffic, the victim suffered from second and third degree burns over a large percentage of his body.
According to Moore, fire units were able to bring the fire quickly under control and contained it to the bay area, but the maintenance bay was a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but, at the moment, authorities believe a fuel pump was being swapped out at the maintenance shop, the tank still had fuel inside, and a spark caused a flash fire.
There were no injuries to fire department personnel, and units were able to save the storage and office area of the maintenance shop, Moore said.