More than two dozen adults and children were displaced after a fire caused the roof of their Norcross apartment to collapse Wednesday.
And more than half of them were forced to seek food, clothes and other items from the Red Cross.
Still, no one was injured in the fire that took firefighters about 45 minutes to bring under control and investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.
At 11:46 a.m. Gwinnett County firefighters responded to the complex at 1311 Seasons Pkwy. after someone called 911 to report seeing heavy smoke and fire coming from the units.
The caller attempted to knock on doors of the two-story building to evacuate the residents before firefighters arrived, spokesman Lt. Colin S. Rhoden said.
“On arrival, crews found the upper apartments on the left side of the building heavily involved with fire and about to collapse,” Lt. Rhoden said. “Due to the high heat and fire conditions and the roof collapsing into the uppermost apartments, an exterior fire attack was made with the aerial fire attack lines from the ladder truck.”
Eight units sustained either fire or water damage, displacing 19 adults and 7 children.No one was found left inside the burning building.
“Sixteen adults and three children will be using the assistance of Red Cross,”he said. “One family dog that was missing was rescued by firefighters during the incident and reunited with its family.”
A family dog that was reported missing was rescued by firefighters and reunited with its owners.
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