ATLANTA--Two Atlanta Firefighters were hospitalized Sunday while battling a three-alarm fire at the Metropolitan Apartments on Lenox Road.
One firefighter suffered second and third-degree burns on his neck, while the second was treated for heat exhaustion. A resident was also hospitalized with unknown injuries. All three are expected to make full recoveries.
"When you have over 120 firefighters on the scene of a four story apartment complex and only two receive minor to moderate injuries, we consider that a very blessed outcome," said Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran.
The fire started around 7:30 am in a first story unit. It quickly spread to adjacent units, displacing more than 50 residents who had to be awakened to escape the fire. Another building in the complex lost power while the fire burned.
"I have my son; so if I lose everything I don't care," said resident Paula Michelle. She was only able to grab a few possessions before rushing out of her smoke-filled apartment.
The fire destroyed more than 30 apartments, and The Red Cross is assisting those in need at the scene with food, clothing and shelter. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.