Fire damages apartment building

CONYERS -- Firefighters with Rockdale Fire and Rescue quickly extinguished a blaze that broke out around 9 a.m. at Arbor Creek Apartments at 1120 Main St.

Fire Chief Dan Morgan said four engines, a ladder truck and a rescue squad responded to the fire that started in an upper floor apartment in an eight-unit building. Nineteen firefighters were also called to the scene.

"(The fire) was through the roof by the time our units arrived on scene," said Morgan. "We had crews that went inside a couple of the upstairs units and started putting water on it over in the attic and ceiling and actually cut it off.

"The crews inside made a fantastic stop and actually saved the building," Morgan added.

The residents of the apartment were not at home at the time the fire broke out, Morgan said, but that a downstairs neighbor reported the blaze.

"The person who called it in said he heard the smoke detector in the apartment upstairs going off," Morgan said.

Morgan said there are eight apartment units in the building, in addition to a basement that houses maintenance for the apartment complex. Two apartments on the upper floor were heavily damaged, he said, while two units below sustained water damage. The other four units also sustained water and smoke damage. Residents of all eight of the units would likely be displaced at least for one night, Morgan said, adding that the Red Cross had been notified.

There were concerns about high winds Wednesday morning, but Morgan said the wind actually worked to firefighters' advantage.

"The fire started at one end and the wind was blowing toward that end," he said, which kept the fire from spreading over the roof.

Morgan said the cause of the fire was still under investigation but could be determined by the end of the day Wednesday.

No one was injured in the incident.


kris820 2 years, 8 months ago

Lets understand that they should have stopped the fire since it was so close to a fire station so don't get to excited. It's called doing your job.


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