View Mobile Site

Ga. scales back storm response

Child dies in Millen house fire

Ga. scales back storm response

Ga. scales back storm response

Traffic begins to flow to and from do...


ATLANTA — State government officials scaled back their emergency operations and crews worked to finish restoring power to homes and businesses as conditions improved following a winter storm that dumped snow and ice on much of Georgia.
    In Millen — an area hard-hit by power outages — authorities say a 5-year-old girl died early Friday after a candle sparked a fire in her home, which had lost power. The girl's parents are both hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation, said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office.
    The family was using a generator and a space heater to stay warm, but fire investigators determined that an unattended candle in a bathroom caused the blaze. The girl's father escaped but went back inside to try to rescue his daughter and was injured, Allen said.   
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal warned that there were still patches of ice on roads.
    "People still need to be careful," he said. "The roads may appear to be perfectly safe, but it doesn't take but one icy spot to cause a very serious collision."
    In one accident on Interstate 75, a vehicle skidded on ice and crashed into several parked cars whose drivers had stopped to help another person.
    A state of emergency remains in effect through Sunday for 91 of Georgia's 159 counties. Deal on Friday extended his state of emergency declaration through Wednesday for 15 of those counties that were the hardest hit.
    Nearly a million homes and businesses in Georgia lost power during the storm and its aftermath, but most had power restored by Friday. Of the 989,400 customers who lost power, about 138,100 were still in the dark by late afternoon Friday.
    By late afternoon Friday, 85,000 Georgia Power customers were still without power, and 76,000 of those were in the Augusta area. The utility said it expected to have power restored to nearly all of its customers by late Saturday night.
    The state's electric membership cooperatives, or EMCs, said about 53,100 of their customers were still without power at 5 p.m. Friday.

Interested in viewing premium content?

A subscription is required before viewing this article and other premium content.

Already a registered member and have a subscription?

If you have already purchased a subscription, please log in to view the full article.

Are you registered, but do not have a subscription?

If you are a registed user and would like to purchase a subscription, log in to view a list of available subscriptions.

Interested in becoming a registered member and purchasing a subscription?

Join our community today by registering for a FREE account. Once you have registered for a FREE account, click SUBSCRIBE NOW to purchase access to premium content.

Membership Benefits

  • Instant access to creating Blogs, Photo Albums, and Event listings.
  • Email alerts with the latest news.
  • Access to commenting on articles.

Please wait ...