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    Marietta apartment fire at Franklin Gateway complex

    This is happening at a two-story apartment complex on Franklin Gateway.

    MARIETTA, Ga. — Crews in Marietta were at the scene of a large fire at an apartment complex on Wednesday.

    It was happening at a two-story apartment complex on Franklin Gateway.

    According to Marietta Fire, dispatch received calls about two buildings but it was not immediately clear if it was two separate buildings. 11Alive SkyTracker flew over the scene and observed major damage to the roof and second floors of a single-unit building that appeared to be divided into two sections.

    Fire officials describe residents going door to door, ensuring other occupants were evacuated as they arrived. Thankfully, fire officials say no one was hurt.

    In total, people who lived in 20 units will be displaced, according to Captain Steve Dau with Marietta Fire.

    Even still, residents in the building are shaken up after the dramatic morning.

    “It was traumatizing,” resident Shantrese Adams said. “I have three kids. They’re older but my grandkids were there. Only thing we were able to do was grab a purse, I didn’t even have on any clothes, we barely got out.”

    Adams and a friend who was visiting described popping sounds starting the night before –  sounds that would only intensify as the night turned to day.

    “Something popped real loud and the next thing I know, I saw something red shoot across there. I went to the patio and looked in the corner and there was a fire there,” Adams’ friend Amarla Welch said.

    Adams added that she’s lost everything from clothes, work devices, and even family heirlooms.

    “I lost my life,” she continued. “Everything that I worked hard for, it’s gone in less than 10 to 15 minutes.”

    A fire spokesman said they were “still actively working to ensure the fire is out.”

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