UNION CITY – Approximately 30 residents were displaced and 10 apartments were completely destroyed after a fire broke out at the Shannon Lake Apartments late Monday night.

Union City and Fairburn fire departments responded to Buffington Road to a report of smoke in an apartment.

When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the back of the building and upon further investigation, found a fire inside the wall between two units.

“[This] made it difficult to locate and more difficult to extinguish,” Union City Fire Department Lt. Dennis Moore said. “We thought it’d be out in one area and then it would flare up at the other end of the apartment.”

PHOTOS: Fire destroys 10 apartments, residents unharmed

Five apartments were destroyed from the fire and water, and five were destroyed by smoke, according to Moore.

“From the outside, there doesn’t appear to be much damage, but there’s pretty significant damage to the inside.”

Smoke alarms alerted residents and most were evacuated before the fire departments arrived at the scene. No injuries were reported.

“Smoke detectors are amazing,” Moore said.

According to the Red Cross, they provided emergency aid to about 30 residents Tuesday morning, including lodging, food and clothing. Caseworkers will continue to work with the residents to provide more resources.

Fire investigators believe the cause of the fire was electrical in nature and think they know where it started.

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