Midtown apartment fire displaces several residents

Fire crews in Atlanta successfully extinguished an apartment blaze that displaced several residents at the Ansley Forest Apartment complex as it burned late Wednesday into early Thursday.

ATLANTA -- Fire crews in Atlanta successfully extinguished an apartment blaze that displaced several residents at the Ansley Forest Apartment complex as it burned late Wednesday into early Thursday.

Atlanta fire officials said the fire happened at 1616 Piedmont Avenue around 10:40 p.m. at a complex between Monroe Drive and Morningside Drive.

On arrival, crews found heavy flames burning through the roof. Social media videos showed tall flames erupting as firefighters tried to smother them with water.

Twitter user Corey L. Smith also spotted the flames from the Ansley Mall parking area.

Fire officials quickly began knocking on doors and evacuating residents and no injuries were reported.

When firefighters arrived, many residents were already evacuated because they alerted eachother.

One resident said that he heard the knock and someone shouting "fire." He quickly put on his shoes and escaped the building but said he never smelled anything beforehand.

While the cause is still unclear, the two alarm blaze apparently started on the third floor of one of the buildings and spread out from the center according to Atlanta Fire spokesperson Sgt. Cortez Stafford.

Only one building was directly impacted by fire, water and smoke damage, between four and six apartments were evacuated. 

The fire is still under investigation and Red Cross has arrived at the scene to help residents left without a place to stay.

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