Firemen return to work Friday following collapse

Published 12:40 am Monday, March 31, 2008

By By Adrienne McKenzie
A fire at 3794 Jack Springs Rd. led to the transportation of Atmore Fire Department chief Gerry McGhee and firefighters Chris Hughes and Andy Hammonds to Atmore Community Hospital Wednesday morning.
AFD was on mutual aid assisting the Poarch Volunteer Fire Department when a wall collapsed, landing on the three Atmore firemen.
The three firemen were released and have headed back in to work, according to McGhee.
According to Poarch Band of Creek Indians community relations director Sharon Delmar, Poarch dispatch received a call at approximately 9:45 a.m. Wednesday morning reporting the Jack Springs Road fire.
Poarch police chief Larry Hammonds and investigator Butch Lee were first on the scene and set up instant command, according to Delmar.
Atmore police and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office were on hand to assist with traffic control.
As far as the injuries are concerned, McGhee said it is great that no one was seriously harmed.

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