On Mar. 27, 2019 at 10:07 a.m. a fire broke out at Piedmont College’s Swanson Center. Smoke filled the building as victims are inside, with screams of pain and distress filling the building.
Firefighters entered at 10:13 a.m. with a hose to put out the remaining fire and check to make sure the Piedmont nurses are safe to go inside. Nurses arrive onsite with a rush into the building at 10:21 a.m.
The first group of victims were rushed out of the building and taken to the safe area. Running begins at 10:24 a.m. as the nurses realize how bad it is on the inside.
Groups of nurses are bringing in spine boards to help with those who are in critical need of care. Tarps are brought onto the field: green-minimally hurt, yellow-critical care, red-immediate care and black-deceased.
The yelling grew louder as victims were brought outside to be being treated. People were running all over the place dazed and confused, “Has anyone seen my husband,” a lady says.
“That’s all the victims who are able and in need of care,” a nurse says.
It’s been 15 minutes and all the conscious and aware victims are out. Those who need care are taken by ambulance, fire truck and helicopter. Air Life Georgia 2 Gainsville was the helicopter on sight. Dogs are let inside to make sure the nurses did not miss anyone. All that’s left inside are the unaware and uncouise.
“Chaos, lots of smoke,” says Rachel Hill, a nursing student for Piedmont College, describing the scene.
At 11:58 a.m. Kasey McEntire arrived on the scene to pronounce 28 dead.
Lin Smith with Habersham support and 911 EMA says, “The call came in this morning around 10 o’clock, it reported the fire and multiple injuries.”
Assistant fire chief of Chason Davey and Caption Jeffrey Adams say, “took a little bit to put the fire out, we had several victims, one hundred overall total victims.”
A lot injuries occurred on this morning with 28 fatalities, 29 non-critical and 28 being very critical to moderately critical.