Midtown apartment building ‘unlivable’ after fire

Atlanta firefighters battle a blaze at a three-story apartment building in Midtown.



Atlanta firefighters battle a blaze at a three-story apartment building in Midtown.

No residents were injured but about 30 were affected in a fire that destroyed the upper floor and collapsed the roof of a Midtown apartment building, an official said Friday.

Atlanta Fire Rescue crews responded about 10 a.m. to the three-story building in the 900 block of Piedmont Avenue, spokesman Cortez Stafford said.

The fire that was reported on the third floor spread “pretty quickly” through the attic, Stafford said. A brick firewall kept the flames from spreading to the rest of the building.

Also, “we were able to protect the house next door from catching on fire,” Stafford said.

One firefighter slipped and fell on ice, suffered a knee injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Stafford said.

One dog was rescued from a first-floor apartment, officials said.

Atlanta Fire Rescue Sgt. Cortez Stafford details firefighting efforts on Piedmont Avenue apartment building. Video by John Spink/AJC

The 16-unit building “is unlivable,” Red Cross of Georgia spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said in a statement.

Volunteers will be meeting with the affected residents to evaluate immediate needs and help with lodging, food, clothing and other essentials through the weekend.

Piedmont Avenue reopened between Fifth and 10th streets at 3 p.m., Atlanta police said.

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Channel 2's Nefertiti Jaquez reports.