More than 50 people were displaced Thursday night after an apartment complex fire in Stockbridge destroyed 19 units, officials said.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one building at the Eastwood Village apartments at 3005 Eastwood Village Drive, but every apartment in that building is uninhabitable due to smoke, fire or water damage, Channel 2 Action News reported.
Firefighters arriving at the complex found massive flames and heavy smoke. They turned their attention to getting people out, the news station reported.
Naopie Dora said she could feel the heat coming off her apartment building as she left it, but she was worried for the firefighters going door-to-door looking for residents who needed their help.
“I was more concerned for them than myself because I knew people were in the building,” she told Channel 2.
All residents escaped, and no one was injured during the incident. Volunteers with the Red Cross were at the scene assisting those who were displaced.
Barbara Ammons’ unit was not damaged in the fire, and she told Channel 2 she took in two families with nowhere to go.
Red Cross caseworkers will follow up with the dozens of people displaced over the next several days to help them get back on their feet, a spokeswoman for the organization said.
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