Wednesday, April 20, 2011

GA Firefighters, Civilians Injured in Apartment Fire

From The Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Fire destroyed a building Tuesday afternoon at the Winding River Village apartments in Sandy Springs, displacing about 10 families.

Two firefighters and two civilians were taken to North Fulton Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. They are expected to be ok, according to Sandy Springs Police Lt. Steve Rose.

Crews continued to fight so-called hot spots -- areas of the building that had not completely cooled and could easily reignite -- late Tuesday afternoon, said Sandy Springs fire marshal Jeff Scarbrough. While authorities have some preliminary information on what may have caused the fire, it won't be until at least Tuesday morning before they can start investigating.


The fire began at about 12:30 p.m., said Scarbrough. Firefighters arrived to find a mother and three small children in the parking lot. They were in the apartment unit that caught fire, he said.

Crews went to the first and closest fire hydrant, which did not have water, Scarbrough said.

Scarbrough said the lack of water slowed their efforts, but crews already were hooking up hoses to other hydrants nearby.


The fire moved into the attic within 10 minutes, causing part of the roof to collapse, Scarbrough said. Crews then had to stop and come out of the building to account for each of the firefighters before they could begin working again, Scarbrough said.

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