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Man Fights with Rome Firefighters Responding to Apartment Blaze

ROME – Rome fire officials say a 39-year-old man fought with firefighters who tried to rescue him from a seventh floor balcony while Madison Plaza Apartments in Rome burned late Sunday morning.

Once the fire was under control, firefighters took Shawn Fitzgerald out of the apartment complex, and handed him over to Rome police.

Tenants in as many as 10 apartments might have to relocate.

Rome police and fire departments are investigating and expect to know the fire’s cause in the next day or two, and criminal charges could follow.


By Joleen Ferris / WKTV NewsChannel 2