A Bulloch County firefighter was injured Sunday night while responding to a fire during a storm that rumbled through the eastern portion of the county.
David Knight, 41, a firefighter with the Stilson-area Bulloch County Station 6, was on the way to a reported grass fire caused by downed power lines on Stilson-Leefield Road around 9 p.m. when strong winds suddenly ripped several trees from the ground near where Knight was driving, Bulloch County Fire Capt. Christopher Ivey said.
Trees fell in the road in front of and behind Knight, but one struck his truck, Ivey said.
Reports from other emergency responders on the scene as they communicated by radio indicated that Knight’s back was injured. He was taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment and was released Monday morning, Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said.
Trees were reported downed in several areas, and the following roads were blocked by fallen trees: Stilson-Leefield, Arcola, Old River Road South, Buie Driggers, Lane’s Church, Mason, Ash Branch, Mud, Jr. Cribbs and Georgia Highway 119.
Bulloch County firefighters and workers from the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Bulloch County Correctional Institute and other county departments were out in the wind and rain until 1 a.m. Monday clearing roads, he said.
Crews worked again Monday completing the storm clean-up.
The storm was “a fast mover,” Wynn said. “It was here and gone.”
While some county residents called emergency agencies and claimed they saw a tornado, Wynn said the National Weather Service did not confirm a twister in the area.
The storm was so violent that, aside from those helping Knight, firefighters out in the wind and rain were ordered to return to their station until the situation became safer, according to reports overheard on a police scanner channel.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.