FIRE DAMAGES APARTMENT BUILDING IN NORCROSS

(Norcross, Ga. January 18, 2020) – Firefighters responded at 11:28am to a report of an apartment fire at the Arbor Mill Apartments, located at 1850 Graves Road, NW in unincorporated Norcross. The caller to 911 was a resident of the complex who advised that a top floor apartment was on fire.

Crews arrived to find heavy smoke showing from a large three-story (36-unit) apartment building. Tenants were in the process of self-evacuation from the building as fire crews dropped lines for fire attack and water supply. Further reconnaissance by arriving fire crews revealed heavy flames in the attic and from a third-floor apartment on the back of the building. Crews mounted an aggressive fire attack from the interior and pulled the ceiling in adjoining units to stop the spread of the fire. Three hand lines were placed in operation to extinguish the flames. Crews worked fast and kept the flames from breaking through the roof. Firefighters forced entry inside several apartments to check for extension and to cut the fire off at the breezeway in the center of the building. The blaze caused heavy damage to the origin apartment and moderate smoke and water damage to six other units. Residents of the fire building sought shelter in the leasing office due to rain and cold weather. Management at the complex was assisting occupants displaced by the damage.

Per Fire Investigators, the blaze appears to have originated on the balcony of the top floor apartment and spread to the attic. The exact cause is still undetermined and is under investigation.

EQUIPMENT AT THE SCENE INCLUDED: 4-Engines, 3-Ladder Trucks, 1-Squad, 1-Medic-Unit, 1-Air & Light Unit, 2-Battalion Chiefs, 1-District Commander, 1-Medic Supervisor, 2-Fire Investigators and 1-PIO.

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