Nearly 50 firefighters responded to a fire at Villas at Riverside in Austell on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.
Photo: Cobb County Fire Department
Photo: Cobb County Fire Department

Cobb fire displaces 29 families: ‘There was flames through the roof’  

An apartment fire in Austell on Tuesday afternoon has left 60 people without homes.

It appears the fire started on the back deck of a unit at Villas at Riverside near Six Flags Over Georgia, said Denell Boyd, spokeswoman for the Cobb County Fire Department.

Three people were taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation, she said. Two others were treated at the scene and refused to go to a hospital.

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Nearly 50 firefighters responded to a fire at Villas at Riverside in Austell on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017.
Photo: (Cobb County Fire Department)

Dispatchers received the call at 12:52 p.m., and firefighters arrived four minutes later.

“There was flames through the roof,” Boyd said. 

In all, 50 fire personnel showed up and fought the fire until it was extinguished about 5:30 p.m., she said. The flames were contained to one apartment building and affected the homes of 29 families.

When asked if there were any signs of foul play, Boyd said the fire remains under investigation.

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Sherry Nicholson, a spokeswoman with Red Cross, said the organization is offering food, clothing, replacement medications and lodging for the residents. 

“Caseworkers will continue to work with the families in the days ahead and provide additional resources to help in their recovery,” Nicholson said.

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