At least 20 units were destroyed in a Marietta apartment complex fire on Saturday, March 23.

Cops: “no evidence” of crime in Cobb apartment fire

Marietta police and fire officials continue to catalog the damage to determine the cause and origin of a fire that gutted an apartment building Saturday evening.

Marietta police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy said so far, “there is no evidence that a crime was committed” in connection to the fire at 720 Franklin Gateway. 

“The Marietta Fire Department will continue to work with our private sector partners to determine the cause of the fire,” he added. 

Cobb 911 dispatchers sent police and firefighters to the fire around 5:48 p.m. March 23. First responders arrived to find heavy flames coming from the upper floors of the building.

The crew, made up of about 45 firefighters, began to attack the fire and were able to keep the blaze contained within one building.

Building two, which had about two dozen individual units, was destroyed and building one suffered extensive heat damage, the Marietta Police Department said. 

Crews were also able to rescue three dogs from the burning building. No injuries connected to the fire were reported, but one person was transported to an area hospital for a non-life-threatening medical issue. 

The American Red Cross also responded to the scene to help more than 40 people who were impacted by the fire. 

Anyone with information about the fire, as well as any cell phone photos or video, is asked to contact Commander Jason Garner at 770-794-5466.


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