Fire damages Martinez home suspected of being meth lab

...said. "Mike (Russell) was hollering, 'Call 911!' I could feel the heat in the middle of my yard."Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Jim Champion said firefighters put out the fire in two to three minutes.County fire officials...

Government takeover planned for Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue

The privately operated Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue is expected to turn over operations to the Columbia County government soon.The department's board of directors voted on the...

Evans woman in critical condition after rescue from fire

...critical condition Thursday night after firefighers rescued her from an Evans housefire earlier in the day.Martinez-Columbia Fire rescue personnel pulled Agatha Murphy from her burning home early Thursday afternoon. She is in critical condition...

Columbia County panel wraps up year

...county's worker's compensation plan. The resolution is part of the county's plan to assume control of the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, which had previously operated as a contracted service.The Board also voted not to renew the contract of...

Cause of West Lake fire undetermined

...Ferguson's wife told firefighters she was using an upstairs tanning bed when its power went out, according to Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue spokesman Jeremy Wallen. She went to investigate the breaker and returned to find flames shooting from beneath...

Gas leak in Columbia County

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue is on the scene of a natural gas leak on Dewey Drive, off of Highview Drive, off of Belair Road. According to emergency officials, Dewey Drive is temporarily closed. Atlanta Gas Light repair crews are on the way.

Columbia County deputies get digital radio system

...equipment.The system includes sufficient channels for about 1,800 users. All county employees, including Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue workers and county departments such as Roads and Bridges and Water Utility, would use about half of that...

Woman, 79, dies after fire at Columbia County home

...complications of smoke inhalation, according to Harriett Garrison, Columbia County's deputy coroner.Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue personnel pulled Murphy from her burning home Thursday after a neighbor reported the blaze about 1:30 p...

Biz Bits

...Named vice president of the Georgia State Firefighters Association Board of Directors.Details: He is with Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue CATHY METTSAward/honor: Named the listing agent of the month for September for Keller Williams Realty Augusta...

Fires damage 2 homes in Columbia County

...Drive about 12:30 a.m. and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the home, according to Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Brent Willis. Firefighters quickly got the fire under control.A room added to the rear...