Multiple blazes keep Savannah Fire Department busy, two dead in five days

Early morning fire claims the life of special needs child in Savannah(Credit:Robert Catanese)

Savannah Fire has responded to a number of blazes since Wednesday, claiming the lives of two people including a special needs child, seriously injuring one woman, displacing 16 residents and caused damage to two businesses, an eight unit apartment building and four homes.

On Sunday, around 6:30 a.m., firefighters responded to the Kingstown Apartments. Upon arrival, they found Tameka Robbins, 38, outside of her burning ground floor apartment. While units battled the blaze, firefighters evacuated sleeping residents, one of those residents was Sidney McFadden.

“I woke up to the fire department actually kicking my door in. I could not see the stairway, the smoke was so thick from the apartment that was actually on fire downstairs,” he said.

Investigators say in that apartment was 13-year-old Mikayla Robbins.

“It couldn't have been too good for the simple fact that they had gotten us out and the their apartment was totally engulfed in flames and they pulled her out after that,” said McFadden.

The Robbins died in the fire, and her mother was taken to the Burn Center in Augusta.

The Red Cross has stepped in to help. Nicoletta Conger is the spokesperson covering the fire.

“Eight units were affected and most importantly just to let them know it’s going to be ok, help them, guide them for the next steps,” said Conger.

It has been a busy week for Savannah Fire.

Wednesday, March 7, they were dispatched to an open area fire at the Country Inn and Suites on White Bluff Road.

Thursday, March 8, they were dispatched to West Street involving a single-story residence.

Earlier that same day, a Cottingham Drive fire claimed the life of one person, also a single story residence.

The Red Cross has provided financial help to the 14 people displaced in the Sunday morning fire.

“It's our mission is to alleviate human suffering and we do it through the generosity of our donors and the generosity of our volunteers and without that we wouldn't be able to be here,” said Conger.

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