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After Mayor Dickens relocates last families, fire breaks out near Forest Cove Apartments

Mayor Andre Dickens announced last month that the last families of the apartments had moved into new residences.

ATLANTA — Crews battled a large fire along Thomasville Boulevard near the recently vacated Forest Cove Apartments Tuesday evening.

Crews responded to the area around 5:15 p.m. for the two-alarm fire, signaling more resources were needed to douse the flames.

The 11Alive SkyTracker flew over the scene where a huge billow of smoke could be seen in the area. 

Firefighters found the two-story multi-family apartment building fully engulfed, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. A majority of the flames were in the rear of the building, according to crews, forcing them to be aggressive in their approach. Eventually, the fire burned into unsafe conditions and caused the partial collapse of the building, firefighters said. Crews had to take a more defensive approach to put out the fire from the outside, according to an AFRD state. 

The agency said there have been no reports of serious injuries. Fire officials have not confirmed how bad the damage is nor have they said how the fire started.

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and the city recently moved the last families out of Forest Cove in a massive relocation effort in October. Dickens and the city have plans to renovate the apartments and allow the families to move back in after construction is completed. 

The property was plagued with issues as residents complained of having poor living conditions and a history of crime.

 A set timeline was not slated for the completion of the apartments.

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