A fire in DeKalb County displaced four families on Tuesday night.
Photo: Channel 2 Action News
Photo: Channel 2 Action News

14 displaced after third fire at same DeKalb apartment complex within 9 days

Four families were displaced after a apartment complex in DeKalb caught on fire for the third time since Nov. 12, authorities said.

A fire around 9 p.m. Tuesday displaced 14 people from the Portofino Apartments in Clarkston, DeKalb County Fire Capt. Dion Bentley told AJC.com.

Despite the displacement, he said the building’s structure saw little damage from the fire because firefighters were able to quickly locate the source of the fire.

“Today’s fire was where you can see it, and we could make a direct attack on the fire,” Bentley said. “But the other ones, we’re responding to the smoke, and we have to find it.”

A fire broke out at the same complex on Thursday and started in a first floor furnace, the department said on Twitter. The fire was quickly put out.

On Nov. 12, six people had to be rescued by firefighters after a fire started, the department tweeted. 

No one was injured in any of the blazes, but Bentley said people were displaced in each incident. He wasn’t able to provide the number of people displaced on Thursday or Nov. 12, but he said it was less than the 14 displaced Tuesday.

Bentley said the department is displacing the residents because the power is turned off at the units so they can investigate the causes of the fires. He said investigators haven’t found evidence yet to link the three fires. 

“The building’s aren’t as damaged as your typical fire,” Bentley said. “We’re displacing people because we don’t want people to be back in a building where it can happen again.”

Tuesday night’s fire is the latest incident to displace at least a dozen people in DeKalb County since Friday.

On Monday, 27 people were displaced from the Thornberry Apartments in Panthersville after a fire burned through six units, AJC.com previously reported. No one was injured in this fire either.

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Twenty-three families were displaced as a result of the collapse. (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

On Friday, 80 residents at The Reserve at Brookhaven Apartments lost their homes after a floor collapsed about two feet, AJC.com previously reported. This incident displaced 23 families.

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Georgia Red Cross spokeswoman Ashley Henyan said the nonprofit is assisting everyone displaced in these incidents.

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