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Firefighters injured in collapse no longer work for Hall Co.


HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- Three Hall County firefighters injured in July 2014 after their ladder truck collapsed no longer work for Hall County.

The firefighters -- T.J. Elliott, Will Griffin, and Stephen Jackson -- were hurt after falling 45 feet during a training exercise.

After the crash, the county came under fire as 11Alive News uncovered the truck's long history of mechanical problems. The firefighters later sued the truck maker. 

11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom reports that their final day was Jan. 31.

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Daycare worker found guilty in case involving burned child


HALL COUNTY, Ga. -- A jury has found a daycare worker guilty on numerous charges, including child cruelty, in a case involving a child who was badly burned.

Eddye Pittmon was one of three workers charged after the child, Damon Gaddis, apparently suffered second and third degree burns at the Discovering Basics Daycare in June 2014.

Seabolt said she took her son within the hour to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with the burns from his stomach to the bottom of his left leg.  During the trial, prosecutors told jurors they believe Damon was put in a sink with scalding hot water.  Police said the incident could have happened eight hours before the mother arrived to pick him up.

Girl, 9, saves siblings from house fire after being left alone


GAINESVILLE, GA (WXIA) -- A 9-year old is credited with saving the life of her three younger siblings.  She got them all out of their burning home in the middle of the night.

They'd been left alone on Friday at the Highland Mobile Home Park off Athens Highway.  Hall County authorities say a smoke detector woke her up and she smelled smoke.  She made two trips to get her 5, 3 and 1 year old siblings safely across the street to a neighbor’s home.

“She was just banging on the door.  When I opened  the door she was standing there with her hands up saying I need help my house is on fire,” recalled Crawford Bailey.  “The house was in blazes, engulfed in fire totally.”

Firefighters put down Gainesville duplex blaze


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Fire officials in Hall County aided in extinguishing a major duplex fire in Gainesville, Thursday.

The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Walker Street off of Mountain View Road.

When crews arrived they found heavy fire and smoke tearing through the 2,500 square foot structure.

The fire has since been extinguished and all residents are out of the building.

At this time, no injuries have been reported.

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Snapchat post leads to drug, gun arrests of 6 suspects


GAINESVILLE, Ga -- If you are going to commit a crime, you might not want to post video of yourself committing that crime on social media. That's what some suspects in Gainesville did this past Christmas Eve, gift-wrapping an arrest for police.

It couldn’t have been more convenient, according to Sgt. Kevin Holbrook. “We were given a gift from a citizen here in Gainesville,” he said. “They practically wrapped it, delivered it, and sealed it for us.”

The citizen, who is not being identified, told police they saw some very disturbing photos and videos on the social media app Snapchat. Police were surprised at what they saw several people doing in the video. “They were displaying firearms, displaying drugs so that all could see,” Sgt. Holbrook said. “They were definitely showing off as if they had no worries who even saw it.”

Lake Lanier is three feet above full pool... and rising


 

GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Water levels at Lake Lanier are the highest they've been in more than five years, prompting the Army Corps of engineers to close some parks and schedule heavy releases downriver. 

6-year-old dies, 2 other children critically hurt in Hall Co. wreck


GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- A 6-year-old boy died and two other children were hurt critically in a three-vehicle accident on Poplar Springs Road at Sloan Mill Road in Hall County Tuesday evening. Three adults and a teenager were also injured in the crash.