Man, 58, dead after morning fire; GBI to investigate

Video of fatal fire at Richmond Summit housing center in Augusta.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 4:44 AM
Last updated 9:17 AM
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A 58-year-old man died this morning after a fire in his apartment at the Richmond Summit, 744 Broad Street.

Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald identified the victim as John Fox Dryden III, and said today was his birthday.

The body has been sent to the state crime laboratory in Atlanta and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will work to determine the cause of death, Mr. McDonald said.

Augusta Fire Chief Howard Willis was at the scene and said the fire was confined to Mr. Dryden's apartment -- No. 413. Other apartments sustained smoke and water damage, he said, but "the sprinkler system held it in check."

The Red Cross is helping many of the residents affected by the blaze.

The fire was reported about 3 a.m. and firefighters arrived at 3:04 a.m.

Many of those evacuated into the subfreezing morning were temporarily given shelter in a nearby police substation, as well as the lobby of The Augusta Chronicle's News Building.

At one point as many as 75 people were in the newspaper's lobby, a sheriff's deputy said.

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jgdarling
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jgdarling 02/21/09 - 09:32 am
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A blight on downtown - close

A blight on downtown - close down this property.

Goober
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Goober 02/21/09 - 10:11 am
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Too many candles on his B-Day

Too many candles on his B-Day cake I suppose.....

1941
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1941 02/21/09 - 10:27 am
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Goober, You are an a--

Goober, You are an a-- hole!!!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/21/09 - 10:30 am
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Is The Richmond Summit a

Is The Richmond Summit a residence for people who are physically and intellectually disabled?

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 02/21/09 - 10:46 am
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Yes it is. There but for the

Yes it is. There but for the grace of GOD goes I.

vickidu52
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vickidu52 02/21/09 - 11:09 am
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Goober- I hope the Chronicle

Goober- I hope the Chronicle removes your posting. This is a terrible thing to say. Imagine at 3 AM being turned out into that cold night last night that we had and living in a high-rise like that. You never know what fire can do. Terrible news for these poor folks and especially for this man who lost his life. My prayers go to the family.

Painter
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Painter 02/21/09 - 11:34 am
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My prayers go to God for the

My prayers go to God for the families affected.

nofrillls13
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nofrillls13 02/21/09 - 11:35 am
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What ever happened to just

What ever happened to just plain ole kindness and concern for your fellow man or woman. Its a sad day when we rejoy at the down trodden. God forgive us all!

TroubIe
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TroubIe 02/21/09 - 11:36 am
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ok hypo, just curious here,

ok hypo, just curious here, did you respond to this fire?

Grateful Augustan
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Grateful Augustan 02/21/09 - 11:40 am
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goober, That was funny I

goober,

That was funny I don't care who u are!

Goober
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Goober 02/21/09 - 11:53 am
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Whoever responded did a great

Whoever responded did a great job - 4 mins from call to on-scene. Thanks G A it was supposed to be taken like that. I can't reverse a tragedy.

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FallingLeaves 02/21/09 - 11:53 am
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God bless his soul and keep

God bless his soul and keep the other residents safe.

bigdog69
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bigdog69 02/21/09 - 12:50 pm
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This could happen to any one

This could happen to any one at any time and any place. It could have been your home. Fire does not care who you are or where you live. This man lost his life and that is a bad thing for all involved. We all just need to pray for this man and his family and all those involved in the fire last night.

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whyme 02/21/09 - 04:59 pm
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This place has been a saving

This place has been a saving grace for many of our physically and mentally disabled community members. People don't want these folks living "in our backyard" and there are few such residences in town. Instead of making fun or saying that these folks deserve any harm, we should be asking what we can do to be of service. And it only takes one car accident or aneurysm to end up just as limited, or worse. Keep that in mind.

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sgtdette41 02/21/09 - 05:53 pm
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Richmond Summit was used by

Richmond Summit was used by the Augusta Task Force for the Homeless years ago to move the homeless in downtown into to get them off the street if they had disabilities. Much like CSRAEOA is doing now at the Maxwell House Apartments on Greene Street, homeless individuals with disabilities reside at both places as a permanent housing for them. These people need lots of care and support services and close case management. Sad end to one of our formerly homeless disabled men.

Antknee
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Antknee 02/21/09 - 07:19 pm
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Anyone saying bad things

Anyone saying bad things about anyone losing their lives in a fire anywhere,will be very welcomed in the afterlife,in Hell.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 02/21/09 - 07:20 pm
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KUDOS to the ARCFD for their

KUDOS to the ARCFD for their rapid response to a fire in a multi-story building housing disabled folks! THANKS also to the ARCFD for enforcing the fire code requiring sprinklers in such a facility!

stephanieware
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stephanieware 02/22/09 - 01:14 am
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To the nosey ones that just

To the nosey ones that just really need to know : not all those people are physically handicap ,some of those people actually fought for our country:How do I know ? well my father lives there , I tell you some of you have no hearts a man lost his life and you want to crack jokes... maybe if your ignorant a>> got a job and stay off the computer worrying about other folks bussiness the world would be a Better or prehaps you make the chronicle OBITUARY the world would really be better ..now BLOG about that

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