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Fire rips through DeKalb County apartments

Several families were forced to evacuate the three-story apartment building and many are displaced due to the damage.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A fire tore through an apartment complex in DeKalb County early Tuesday morning.

It happened at the Spring Chase Apartments at 4949 Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain just after 4 a.m. 

Several families were forced to evacuate the three-story apartment building and many are displaced due to the damage. The Red Cross is assisting 12-24 families in need. 

All of the occupants were able to evacuate and there were no injuries reported. A fire spokesman said if they hadn't been notified early, the blaze could have turned deadly. They credit a neighbor who was awake and notified residents. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, authorities said.