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Plumes of smoke fill air from Norcross apartment building fire

Crews were dispatched to the scene on Bebout Drive NW just before 4:30 p.m.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Firefighters in Gwinnett who worked to put out a fire at an apartment building in Norcross on Monday were faced with losing pressure in a hose.

Crews were dispatched to the Ashford Apartments on Bebout Drive NW just before 4:30 p.m. Smoke was coming from the building when they arrived. 

The fire grew in size quickly, which firefighters said created hazardous working conditions. Gwinnett officials said crews were in the interior attacking the flames, but they had to back out of the structure.

Gwinnett Fire said they then used their ladder to fight the flames from the outside, but crews began losing pressure on the hose that was supplying water from the hydrant.

They decided to use water from one of of the trucks. They also found a another hydrant from a neighboring complex to use.

Fire officials said 20 units that housed 29 people - which was the entire building - were impacted. 

The Red Cross said volunteers assisted 12 families. They said another six families who left the scene will be able to contact case workers for help if needed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported. 


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