Red Cross providing shelter for several people following massive apartment fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The American Red Cross is helping several people find shelter after their apartment building went up in flames Tuesday afternoon.

Fire crews spent hours putting out the massive fire at the Stonecrest Apartments along Wesley Providence Parkway.

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NewsChopper 2 flew over the scene Tuesday afternoon and showed how the roof of the building had burned completely off.

Many of the people who live in the building were at work when the fire broke out around 2:30 p.m.


Neighbor Sarah France told Channel 2′s Michael Seiden that she had just gotten home when she heard the fire alarms go off.

“I ran up the stairs first and I could see the whole right side of the building was in flames, so I started beating on the doors and telling people to get out it’s a real fire and then I hit the fire alarm by my door,” France said.

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France said the complex had just tested the fire alarms about two weeks ago.

Much of the four-story building appears to be a total loss.

Fire officials say 24 apartment units were impacted by the fire. Members were able to save two cats and one dog.

The Red Cross said it is providing shelter for 10 people impacted by the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.