Firefighters save warehouse east of downtown Atlanta

An aggressive attack by Atlanta firefighters Friday kept a predawn blaze from spreading throughout a large warehouse east of downtown.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which broke out about 4:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Chester Avenue near Memorial Drive, according to Atlanta fire Battalion Chief Todd Edwards.

Edwards told the AJC that the first arriving firefighters found light to moderate smoke coming from the roof of the block-long building.

“Crews started to make entry and the fire conditions changed drastically, where we went from light smoke to heavy smoke and fire actually started coming from the roof,” Edwards said. “When crews went upstairs to a second floor, they found a large office area fully involved in fire.”

At that point, Edwards said, a second alarm was sounded “due to the overall size of the structure.”

Firefighters “were able to make an aggressive interior attack and knock down the fire and keep it from spreading to the rest of this large building,” Edwards said. “What could have been a very substantial, large fire was stopped right where it started.”

Edwards said he wasn’t sure what the warehouse was currently being used for.

“We’ve been told several items, from car storage to some type of music video production building,” he said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

“We’re going to be investigating this incident for quite a while,” Edwards said.