• Firefighter injured after falling through floor while fighting 3-story fire

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    ATLANTA - A firefighter was injured after a fire broke out at a three-story commercial building in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood Monday morning.

    Crews responded to the blaze at the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Bell Street around 10 a.m. Monday.

    Officials told Channel 2 Action News the firefighter was injured after he fell through stairs leading from the second floor down to the first.

    Atlanta Fire Public Information Officer Cortez Staford said he was conscious and alert but taken to a hospital.

    The firefighter, later identified as Captain Deaunte Grier, a 17-year veteran, was released from the hospital Monday afternoon.

    A second firefighter, Zachary Phillips, was also taken to the hospital with a laceration to his hand.

    Video from the scene showed smoke billowing over the historic Sweet Auburn District near the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park

    The fire spread to all three stories of the building, officials said.


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     Auburn Avenue was closed between Fort St. and Piedmont Ave as crews worked to contain the blaze. Officials urged drivers to avoid the area. 

    It's still unknown how the fire started. 

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