• Veterans displaced by apartment fire


    ATLANTA - Veterans were forced from their homes when a fired ripped through their apartment complex on Sunday.

    Residents scrambled to salvage their belongings after two fires within a few hours of each other nearly gutted an entire building.

    The northwest Atlanta complex is home to nearly 100 men, many of whom were, at one time, homeless.

    “Everything gone. Everything is charred up and wet,” veteran Abraham Witty said.

    Frantz Fortune, founder of Veteran’s Empowerment Organization of Georgia, runs the complex. He is working with the Red Cross to find homes for the 17 vets forced out by the fire.

    “Right now we’ll figure out where to put those guys in some other units and I guess tomorrow we’ll settle down and see what we’re going to take from there,” Fortune said.

    Witty, a Navy veteran, said this has made a tough time even harder.

    “I don’t even have the clothes to go to work now,” Witty said.

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