Posted: Tuesday, October 8th 2013 at 12:24pm
Rescued Forsyth County fire victim dies
By Derreck Booth Editor
CUMMING - A man rescued from his burning apartment unit in Forsyth County late Monday night died Tuesday morning at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
Forsyth County Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 225 Nancy Lane around 10:45 p.m. Monday. Fire division chief Jason Shivers said 78-year-old Allen Dean Boyd's adult grandson had returned home, discovered the fire and alerted firefighters.
Shivers said firefighters went in quickly and found Boyd. They rescued him, began treatment and transported him to the hospital.
"The victim was unconscious when we removed him. He was transported to Grady with life-threatening critical injuries, burns and smoke inhalation," Shivers said.
Shivers said firefighters were able to go back into the unit and make a quick knockdown on the fire. He said the blaze was contained to the unit, with most damage in one room. Shivers said the unit directly below sustained some minor water damage.
During the initial rescue, a firefighter suffered some minor injuries, but was expected to be ok, according to Shivers.
"He had some smoke inhalation himself and was transported to Northside Hospital Forsyth for some treatment and evaluation, but he was released overnight."
Shivers said he was expected to return to duty soon.
As far as the fire, Shivers said it's under investigation.
"There's no indication that it's suspicious in nature."
Shivers described the deceased man as elderly and handicapped. He said the victim was wheelchair-bound at the time of the fire. Investigators believe he lived alone in the apartment.
His name is being withheld while investigators notify family.
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