Public Safety

Published on March 14th, 2016 |


Save-a-Life Blitz comes to Buckhead site of recent fatal condo fire

Atlanta City Councilmember Michael Julian Bond will be leading a Save-a-Life Blitz, Tuesday, March 15, at 4:30 p.m. with volunteers from Atlanta Fire and Rescue, Atlanta Police Department, the Ronnie Thames Foundations and the American Red Cross.

Items the volunteers will be handing out in the Buckhead neighborhood Tuesday.

Items the volunteers will be handing out in the Buckhead neighborhood Tuesday.

The Blitz will take place in the 100 block of Pharr Road NW, where a fire erupted in a condominium complex, killing 37-year-old Rachel Thorn and her dog in the early morning hours on Feb. 21st.

Atlanta fire spokesman Cortez Stafford said crews responded to the Pharr Manor Condominiums at 119 Pharr Road shortly after 4 a.m., finding flames erupting from two condos and quickly spreading into the attic area of the entire four-unit building.

Crews went up the stairs and found the woman unconscious and not breathing, according to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

During the community canvassing campaign, volunteers will educate citizens while testing and installing smoke alarms in their homes and distributing free hand-held fire extinguishers.

“Precious lives continue to be lost due to defective smoke detection devices and fire extinguishers in many homes,” Bond said.

Each year, household fires cause nearly 3,000 deaths and more than 12,000 injuries nationwide. Many residential fire-related deaths remain preventable and continue to pose a significant public health problem.

To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent by the end of 2019.

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