At 1:24pm, we received calls regarding an explosion at the Arrive Apartments. We are on scene with the Dekalb Co. and Sandy Springs Fire Dept. This is a very active scene and the cause of the explosion is under investigation. @DCFRpubaffairs will put out more when known.
It’s unclear if anyone is still trapped in the rubble. Firefighters are going unit to unit in parts of the building that are structurally sound. They say three units are currently not safe enough to be searched.
Heavy rescue team crews are working to shore up the building so that they can get into areas that are still unstable.
There are reports that two people are still unaccounted for. Of the people rescued, at least four had injuries severe enough to be taken to the hospital. There are reports that one person suffered a burn and another broke their leg.
Multiple law enforcement and fire agencies are assisting in the rescue effort. Officials said there are at least 75 firefighters at the location as well as technical rescue crews. Atlanta Gas Light crews are also on site assisting emergency responders.
All the roads surrounding the building are closed. Police are asking for anyone who lives at the complex but wasn’t impacted by the blast stay in their homes.
The blast was so powerful that it damaged surrounding buildings. NewsChopper 2 was over the scene, where there was a large crack in the roof and one side of the building with heavy damage.
“The entire building received some sort of damage,” firefighters said.
Eboni Thornton said she was in a moving truck outside the building when it felt like something fell on top of the vehicle. She said the whole vehicle shook. She was shocked at what she saw when she got out of the truck.
“The leasing office was collapsed on the left side, the double doors were blown out and I could hear a lady screaming her head off,” Thornton said.
Thornton said she saw a couple people limping and bleeding and being carried out of the rubble.
The American Red Cross is on the scene working with those who were displaced from their homes. They have set up a receiving area to provide snacks, water and emotional support to residents while the utilities to the building are cut off.