Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

April 16, 2013

Valdosta man dies in fire

VALDOSTA —  Early Monday morning, a house in the 600 block of West Street caught fire, claiming the life of a man and his dog.

At 3 a.m., the Valdosta Fire Department responded to a 911 call, arriving to find the house fully involved with flames shooting 30-35 feet into the air. Finding that there was possibly someone inside, firemen breached and worked their way through the house.

Inside, they found James Trotter, 42, who along with his dog, appeared to have succumbed to the smoke, according to the Valdosta Fire Department.

“The house had no electrical current,” said Fire Chief J.D. Rice. “He was possibly using alternate lighting and heating sources, including containers he was using to hold candles. We believe the fire was accidental. The candles may or may not have been involved.”

After the fire started in the front of the house, it appears that Trotter became disoriented. Firefighters found him at the rear of the house, close to the back door that was nailed shut, possibly for security reasons.

“It’s very common in a smoke-filled environment, with carbon monoxide, to become disorientated,” said Rice. “He may have thought he was heading towards the front door. ... It’s not uncommon for people trying to secure their homes to do whatever they think is needed. It’s not recommended. It can keep people out, but it can also keep people in.”

“It’s a sad event,” said Lowndes County Coroner Bill Watson. “We don’t normally have fatalities due to fire.”

Trotter’s death marks the first fire-based fatality to occur in Valdosta since October 2011, and the 44th fire-based fatality to occur in Georgia so far this year.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 140415-water003.jpg Sewage problems persist

    Early Tuesday morning, Valdosta became saturated when the area received approximately three inches of rain from 4 a.m. to noon. As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 11 manholes throughout the City of Valdosta have spilled 286,500 gallons of wastewater into local waterways, and this number will continue to rise.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • vsuopera1dido.jpg Operatic Conclusion

    When the curtain lowers this weekend on Valdosta State University Opera’s performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” it will not only mark the end of the music group’s season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays

    If I were mayor, I would do all that I possibly can to make the city of Valdosta marvelous, but I cannot do it on my own. Some things in Valdosta I feel it is necessary to focus on would be our literacy rate, unemployment rate, crime history, and our environment.

    April 16, 2014

  • APTOPIX Boston Marath_Stew.jpg Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city’s resilience in the face of a terror attack.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-valdostaboe001 copy.jpg Valdosta Board of Education reviews finances

    Valdosta City Schools Board of Education celebrated many successes Monday night, discussed budget information and heard an announcement of intent from a hopeful charter school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • dancing with the stars copy.jpg Dancing with Valdosta Stars raises scholarship money

    Valdosta State University Music and Theatre & Dance’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta presented a fine dance show this past weekend.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • N0041120.jpg Passover: A nation reborn

    “And you shall tell your children that on that day the Lord has took you out from the house of bondage.” — The Passover Hagadah

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-DFCS001.jpg Luncheon recognizes DFACS employees

    Dozens of Lowndes County Division of Family and Children Services employees gathered Monday at Olympic Park for a barbecue lunch in recognition of their hard work.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-Sewage002.jpg Fla. calls for Valdosta boycott

    Florida residents are calling for a boycott of Valdosta regarding the sewage spills, with areas affected downstream increasingly distressed over the millions of gallons that have polluted the waters of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee River Basin during the last several years.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • police-lights-backgrounds-for-powerpoint.jpg ‘Dangerous’ fugitive caught

    A fugitive from Ohio wanted for attempted murder and a number of assault and robbery charges was captured by Valdosta police Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

Top News
Poll

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results