Gwinnett apartment building nearly destroyed by fire

A Norcross apartment building was nearly destroyed by a Tuesday morning fire, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said.

A 911 caller reported the fire at the Ashford Jackson Creek Apartments around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, describing smoke coming from one of the buildings within the complex. Fire crews arrived at the complex at 7:49 a.m. and found flames and heavy smoke coming through the roof of the building. Smoke reached heights of 20 to 30 feet, according to the fire department.

Two residents were home at the time and were evacuated by firefighters. Crews made an “aggressive attack” on the fire, targeting flames in multiple breezeways and the attic. Once the fire was out, there was heavy fire damage to four units on the second floor and residual smoke, heat and water damage to four units on the first floor, according to the fire department. Seven of the eight damaged units had current tenants; the last was vacant. The building was described by the fire department as “almost destroy[ed].”

The apartment’s management is moving the occupants of the damaged units into other apartments within the complex. The American Red Cross will also provide clothing and toiletries to those displaced.

One resident said she was unable to catch her breath after being evacuated from the fire and requested evaluation at a hospital. No other injuries were reported by residents or firefighters.

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