Here's a video look back at some of the top Middle Georgia stories covered by the 41NBC News Team during 2011.
The Peach County fire department and the Byron fire department were on the scene. The fire started just after 1pm this afternoon at 1141 Chapman rd in Bryon. Thick black smoke could be seen for miles along highway 75 south just before the 149 exit. The home was fully engulfed in flames when fire fighter arrived on the scene. According to the Byron fire chief, firefighter Steven Smith was inside the home when a beam fell on his shoulder. Emergency crews rushed to pull him out of the house. Smith was taken to the hospital listed in stable condition. Neighbor Denise Jones says she couldn't believe her Neighbors home was on fire.
"Just a lot of black smoke and fire. The whole house was engulfed said Jones".
The Byron Fire Chief says Smith has been with the fire department for 3 year. Smith is expected to be treated and release from the hospital. The owner of the home was not home when the fire started. The home was destroyed. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
10 furry friends of Macon Animal Control could have a new home just in time for the New Year.
Legendary blues sensation, B.B. King will be performing at the Macon city auditorium with some local musicians.
E.G. Kight, an artist from Dublin, says she originally planned to do a show in Pennsylvania for New Years Eve, but changed her mind when she found out Mr. King would be in town.
"B.B. King is a legend and I think anybody that knows anything about music whether it be pop or country or blues, whatever kind, everybody knows B.B. King," Kight says. "He is a living legend and he's getting way on up in age..and I'm just so absolutely honored to get to work with him. I'm just so proud that he's still here with us."
Kight will be performing with king and other musicians this Saturday.
That will be at the Macon City Auditorium at 8 pm.
For information on tickets, visit www.tickets-center.com
The chilly months of winter bring with it the increased risk of fires caused by space heaters.
Fire Prevention Director, Chief Larry Smallwood of the Macon Fire Department, urges those who use space heaters, to use practice when it's plugged in.
Smallwood says the number one thing space heaters need, is space.
"The rule of thumb is a 36 inch clearance around the space heater," Smallwood says.
He also says keeping the unit away from furniture and beds is extreemly important, since those are so flammable.
Another rule to follow is to only use heaters with a three prong plug, and plug them directly into the wall.
Do not use extension cords.
Also, monitor the cord when the heater is plugged in, checking that it is not over-heating.
If you have any questions about space heater, or any type of fire safety concerns within your home, Smallwood requests you call the Fire Prevention Office. They will send an inspector to your house, and show you how to keep yourself safe.
The number to the Fire Prevention Office is 478-751-2700.
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