Ga. Apartment Fire Reaches Three Alarms

Dekalb County firefighters battled a three-alarm fire as it spread through void spaces in a two-story apartment building in Decatur on March 8.

Just after 1 p.m. an apartment fire with entrapment was reported in south Dekalb County on Highcourt Place.

The first-in engine reported heavy smoke from a two-story, eight unit apartment complex and made a fast attack to search for any victims because bystanders advised crews of possible entrapment.

Engine crews were aggressive in searching for the seat of the fire and truck companies went about ventilation on the roof. Crews were pulled from the roof due to the aging structure giving way to the fast moving fire. 

No victims were located on both of the primary and secondary searches and as the fire grew in the void spaces between apartments, both a second and third alarm were rung out.

Command managed over 60 firefighters and rescue personnel to ensure safety during four hours on the fireground.

Six apartments were destroyed and the remaining two suffered heavy smoke and water damage. The incident is still under investigation by the Dekalb Arson Division. 

Units on scene: 1st Alarm: E7, E20, E26, E6, TK20, Q24, HR24, TK16, R26, Med7, BN3, BN4, Car7, Air22 2nd Alarm: E16, E14, E9, TK1, TK23, Med24, SQ26, BN1, Car1 3rd Alarm: E4, E1, E13, E5, TK25, Q17, Med72

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