ELLIJAY, Ga. – According to the National Weather Service, an upper-level storm system will move through the area early Monday into Monday afternoon in Gilmer County.
At this time, there continues to be much uncertainty on the start time of this precipitation as well as the eastward extent. What is becoming more certain is that the cold air we have been experiencing will remain in place as the precipitation begins. The National Weather Service states, “This would result in the rain freezing on contact with most surfaces including area roadways. Although amounts are expected to remain light, any freezing rain accumulations at all would create a glaze on roadways making for hazardous travel conditions. ”
As Gilmer prepares, the Sheriff’s Office and Gilmer County Public Safety has shared information with the county to announce they will have a warming shelter located at the Ellijay Civic Center (1561 S. Main St. – just south of the tennis courts) for those who may be stranded and unable to get home or those who continue to have issues at their homes with heating. While they are not currently open, public safety says it is continuing to monitor for a need and urges any who may need the shelter to contact them at 706-635-8911.
The warming shelter will have cots available, but citizens are told to bring blankets and pillows if they plan to use the shelter.
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ELLIJAY, Ga – A fire broke out at 1975 Old Flat Branch Road yesterday, Dec. 6.
According to Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett, the fire had reached advanced stages when 911 was contacted and response arrived on scene. While residents fled the fire, one female was transported for treatment of smoke inhalation and is still hospitalized.
Having already increased in size and threat, fire fighters immediately began containing the blaze in efforts to prevent further spread through the woods and into other homes. However, damage to the house was already spreading and the structure was consumed as well as part of the woods around the house.
At this time the area is completely extinguished, Pritchett stated the workers on scene have cleared any hot spots in the area so no flare ups will occur. However, an investigation is ongoing into the incident as he states they have not ascertained the cause at this time.
ELLIJAY, Ga. – A fire broke out at the Shell Gas Station located on the corner of Yukon Road and First Ave., across the street from Ingles, late Nov. 23.
The Thanksgiving night was cut short for two young males as Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett reported they had stopped for gas, and while fueling, one of the men reportedly began fidgeting and playing with his flip lighter. Unfortunately, the flame caught fumes and ignited a “flash fire.”
According to Pritchett, the blaze significantly injured one of the men, damaged the fuel pump and caused minimal damage to the vehicle they were driving. However, no details were available as to the identities of the two men as an investigation was undertaken for the incident. It was confirmed the pump shut off before the blaze could spread to other pumps and the station. However, when asked if the pump shut off automatically or if the attendant shut it off, Pritchett replied that officials would be answering details like that in the investigation.
FYN confirmed with officials that no other vehicle was on the other side of the pump or close enough to sustain damage from the fire. Though no official update is currently available as to the current status of the injured male, FYN’s understanding was that injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
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ELLIJAY, Ga – The Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a two-vehicle accident on Highway 382 just past Airport Grocery.
Occurring on Sunday, Nov. 19, the accident did shut down the area of 382 temporarily. Gilmer County Public Safety Director Tony Pritchett told FYN that when emergency services arrived on scene, they did confirm the one fatality.
Sheriff Stacy Nicholson spoke with FYN, confirming injuries of two others who were both in the second vehicle. However, Nicholson went on to say that much of the details are not available currently as the Georgia State Patrol is handling investigation of the incident.
The other two injuries were transported to an emergency room. Check for more details as FYN continues following the investigation.
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