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1 killed after massive fire tears through apartment complex outside Marietta

Police and fire personnel from both Marietta and Cobb County are putting out hot spots.

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Police and fire authorities from both the city of Marietta and Cobb County responded Monday to a fire that killed one person at an apartment complex, officials said.

The 74-year-old killed was identified Tuesday as Thomas Alexander.

At least 29 apartment units were destroyed and 39 residents were displaced, authorities said.

“That’s everything -- that’s my whole life's in there,” said David Kirkwood, a resident at the apartment who was working from home when the fire broke out. 

The department reported that "officers noticed smoke coming from the area and notified emergency dispatch."

The address given by police corresponds to The Hamptons at East Cobb apartment complex on Roswell Road, which the Marietta Police Department noted is technically in Cobb County's jurisdiction.

11Alive obtained a video of smoke visible from I-75 in the area. 11Alive SkyTracker showed smoke and flames coming from the roof of multiple units. 

"Please avoid the area while crews respond and handle the incident," a police release said.

Video from the scene showed a dog being rescued. Crews were able to reunite the dog with its owner, who said the dog was an emotional support dog named Chi Chi. Two other dogs were rescued. 

Kristen Tibbetts, another resident, said her cat is still missing. She tried to save all of her animals when she ran from the fire. 

"So I ran my dogs out here and then went back in to get the rest of the animals,” said Tibbetts. 

The Red Cross is currently on the scene helping displaced residents. As of Monday evening, authorities were still working to put out hot spots.

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