Citizens Involved in Timberlane Fire to be Recognized at Commission Meeting

By: TFD Release; Eyewitness News
By: TFD Release; Eyewitness News

May 8, 2012 -


Local Citizens Involved in Timberlane Road Fire to be Recognized at City Commission Meeting.

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Where: 2nd Floor of City Hall in the Commission Chambers

300 South Adams Street Tallahassee, FL 32301

Parking is available at Kleman Plaza on Duval Street Between College Avenue and Pensacola Street

Regular City Commission meeting agenda: Item #5.05 – “Presentation of Proclamation Recognizing Ford Kirkland and Chuck Davis for their heroic efforts---MAYOR MARKS.” Thanks.


May 3, 2012 - 2:15am

On May 2, 2012 at around 6:30 p.m., 20 year old Thomas Ford had just left his home on Monitor Lane and was headed for church when he noticed smoke coming from a house in the 200 Block of Timberlane Road. Thomas and another good Samaritan met up at the front door of the home. Thomas could feel the heat on the locked door knob and could hear a cry for help inside the house. Thomas kicked the door in and both him and the good Samaritan entered the smoke filled house. They could see a female victim on her back just to the left of the door and could hear one more person crying for help further inside the house. Thomas proceeded to crawl further into the house to assist the other occupant as his partner removed the first victim. Thomas could barely make out what appeared to be a pair of white socks and quickly realized that he indeed located the second victim. He was able to drag him to the door where he was again meet by his partner to help take him outside to safety.

Firefighter/Paramedics arrived just moments after the occupants were pulled outside and began extinguishing the fire and treating the two patients. Leon County EMS also provided patient care and transported the two patients to TMH. The female patient is being treated at TMH and the male patient was transferred to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for further treatment.

While the skilled patient care provided by the Tallahassee Fire Department and Leon County EMS was critical to ensuring the best possible outcome for these two patients, none of that would have been possible without the brave, selfless actions of these two good Samaritans who put the lives of others before their own. The quick and immediate actions of these two men have potentially saved the lives of two people.


May 3, 2012

Yesterday at 6:34 p.m., Tallahassee Fire Department units from Stations 9, 2 and 1 responded to a house fire in the 200 Block of Timberlane Road. When units arrived they were met with heavy smoke and fire in the rear of the house. Firefighters extinguished
the blaze within ten minutes and determined that all occupants were out of the house. Two bystanders noticed that the home was on fire and quickly forced their way in and rescued the two occupants. Both occupants were treated on scene by paramedics from TFD and LCEMS and then transported to THM. One of the occupants was later transferred to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for further treatment. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s office. No other injuries were reported on scene and damages were estimated at $100,000.

This morning at 1:19 a.m., Tallahassee Fire Department units from Stations 14, 4 and 1responded to a house fire in the 17000 Block of Larkin Court East. When firefighters arrived they found a log cabin fully involved in fire. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in twenty minutes and determined that all of the occupants were out of the home. The fire resulted in a total loss to the home and as well as a vehicle parked nearby. Four people were displaced as a result of the fire and the Red Cross was called out to assist the family. One occupant was treated and released on scene for minor injuries by TFD and LCEMS Paramedics. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.

Officials say the cause of the fire is currently undetermined.

Tallahassee, FL -- May 2, 2012 --

The Tallahassee Fire Department responded to a fire in the 200 block of Timberlane Road on Wednesday evening around 6:30 pm.
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TFD Public Information Officer Mike Bellamy says firefighters were able to put out the blaze within 10 minutes of arriving on scene, and that two people who reside in the home are being treated for injuries.

Bellamy says an adult male was transported to Shands Hospital to be treated for his injuries and that an elderly woman is being taken care of at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Bellamy says the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

Bellamy says that two bystanders saw the fire and kicked open the front door to help the two victims safely out of the burning house.

The cause of the blaze is unknown at this time, but the State Fire Marshall is investigating. Bellamy says damage is estimated at around $100,000.

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  • by Sherry Location: Talla on May 8, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    Great story thanks to two great men! God bless you all!
  • by Thank you on May 4, 2012 at 04:04 AM
    Thank you. Your courage is an inspiration.
  • by anon on May 3, 2012 at 07:46 PM
    wow,I hope these two "good samaritans" realize they are heros, from the information given it certainly appears that the people inside the home most likely would have died had these two men not helped out. Good job, may good karma follow you.
  • by AMANDA Location: Tallahassee on May 3, 2012 at 03:25 PM
    I would like to say that this story made me cry. For the first time in a long time a hero story is reported and there is no racial comments. The two men and the victims in this fire were not targeted. All I seem to read on this site are racial comments and I am happy that I can read this and not see that. I would like to Thank the very brave men whom entered the house and saved the lives of the two people and I pray for a very speedy recovery of the couple whom were injured in this fire.
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      by Yep on May 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM in reply to AMANDA
      You were the first to bring it up.
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      by SNA on May 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM in reply to AMANDA
      I have seen time and time again that when an emergency situation exists race just doesn't matter. I've been on both ends of these situations. I too wish it were like that all the time.
  • by yes on May 3, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    good job.
  • by eb Location: cville on May 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    There are still selfless people in this world. I applaud you!!
  • by THE TRUTH Location: Land of the Slaves, USA on May 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM
    May God bless all involved and for him to answer all prayers for recovery and blessings for the future of their families, with much Love.
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