Large apartment complex fire in DeKalb displaces 25 people

Flames and tons of smoke were bellowing out of a Panthersville apartment complex Wednesday night, and 25 people were displaced as a result, authorities said.

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Flames and tons of smoke were bellowing out of a Panthersville apartment complex Wednesday night, and 25 people were displaced as a result, authorities said.

An apartment fire displaced 25 people, including children, in DeKalb County on Wednesday evening, authorities said.

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Firefighters had to leave the building at one point because conditions inside worsened, authorities said. (Photo: DeKalb County Fire Rescue)

Firefighters had to leave the building at one point because conditions inside worsened, authorities said. (Photo: DeKalb County Fire Rescue)

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Firefighters had to leave the building at one point because conditions inside worsened, authorities said. (Photo: DeKalb County Fire Rescue)

Flames and heavy smoke were coming from the roof when DeKalb firefighters arrived at the Aspen Woods Apartments at 3379 Flat Shoals Road in Panthersville around 7 p.m., DeKalb County Fire Rescue said in a Facebook post.

The building was evacuated, and firefighters had to leave at one point because conditions worsened inside, the post said.

Two crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, and no one was injured, the post said. Eight units were damaged, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The Red Cross told AJC.com it is providing caseworkers to offer help and recovery resources to those displaced, such as emergency aid and emotional support.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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