Arrive Apartments Explosion Injures At Least Four People
DUNWOODY, GEORGIA - A news article published on USAToday.com reports that fire crews and law enforcement officers searched through debris at a suburban Atlanta apartment complex following an explosion that caused a partial collapse of an apartment building.* The report states that at least four people have been injured in the incident.
According to the Dunwoody Police Department, their department received several calls at around 1:30 PM concerning an explosion that occurred at the Arrive Apartments. The news report states that parts of the multi-level apartment building "pancaked."
Captain Jaeson Daniels stated that four people had been hospitalized with injuries caused by the blast. One person received severe burns, and another blast victim suffered a fractured leg. According to Captain Daniels, there are two people who have not been accounted for and could have been inside one of three apartments that had collapsed. He stated that their fire rescue crews were searching for the two missing people.
Rescuers crews are unable to enter those buildings because of the instability of the structures. It is not known what caused the explosion. DeKalb Fire Deputy Chief Melvin Carter explained in the report that the apartment complex manager called earlier that day and reported the smell of gas in one of the buildings.
A drone and helicopter were used to look at the area from above to look for victims. A local Red Cross began interviewing residents to see which residents may need help finding temporary lodging. The apartment building and several other buildings close to the explosion site were evacuated. Residents were advised that they might be able to return to their homes on Monday.
A witness explained to WSB-TV reporters that she was inside a moving truck parked outside the apartment building. She stated that it felt like something had fallen on top of the truck. She explained that the whole vehicle shook as she exited the truck. The witness stated that the apartment's leasing office collapsed on the left side, and the double doors were blown out. The witness stated that she could hear a woman "screaming her head off." She also observed a couple of people who were bleeding and limping after being pulled out of the rubble. Another witness stated the explosion felt like a bomb exploded.
According to the Dunwoody Police Department's Twitter feed, "This a very active scene, and the cause of the explosion is under investigation."
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