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More than 300 displaced by fires in DeKalb, Cobb

More than 300 people have been displaced by two recent fires in DeKalb and Cobb counties.

About 60 people were displaced by a blaze at an apartment complex Tuesday in Doraville, the American Red Cross of Georgia said.

The fire damaged eight units at the Cornerstone Apartment Homes in the 2000 block of Winters Park Drive, Red Cross spokeswoman Divina Mims-Puckett said.

Thirty people were displaced due to damaged or destroyed units, and 30 because of disconnected utilities, Puckett said.

Eric Jackson, spokesman for DeKalb County Fire Rescue, said the fire was extinguished in less than 45 minutes, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The Red Cross will provide the affected residents help with immediate needs such as food, clothing, lodging and replacement medications.

About 250 people were displaced by a fire at the Budgetel motel in Cobb County. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

The agency is also helping after a fire displaced about 250 residents Saturday at the Budgetel extended-stay motel in Kennesaw, spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said.

The displaced people ranged in age from babies to seniors.

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Saturday through Monday, the Red Cross provided 124 overnight stays at two shelters and served 1,894 meals and snacks to people affected by this blaze, according to the agency.

The fire was caused by a plumber using a torch to cut a pipe in Apartment 231, Dan Dupree of Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services said.

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