DUNWOODY GA (AP) — A blast rocked a suburban Atlanta apartment building on Sunday. The three-story structure was rendered unstable and at least one person was injured. Authorities said that the explosion was caused by a power surge.
Melvin Carter, Dunwoody deputy fire chief, stated that the cause of this explosion was not known. However, Atlanta Gas had received an emergency call from someone reporting a strong odor just before the mid afternoon blast. One person was treated at a hospital with minor injuries.
Carter claimed that 90% of building had been searched. Officials were shoring up other areas of the complex in order to enable rescuers to continue searching inside for anyone trapped. Carter said that there were two reports of people not being found.
Photographs from the scene show a portion of a building that collapsed into piles.
Dunwoody Police Department posted on social media that they had received a report about an explosion at Arrive Apartments just before 1:30 p.m. Photographs from the scene show a portion of a building that collapsed into piles.
Police stated that this was a highly active scene, and that the cause of the explosion was being investigated.
Eboni Thornton explained to WSB-TV, that she was inside a moving truck outside the building and felt something fall on top. She claimed that the entire vehicle was shaking. She was shocked by what she saw once she got out of her truck.
Thornton stated that the leasing office had been collapsed on the left, and the double doors had been blown out. Thornton also said that a woman was screaming from the roof.
Thornton stated that she saw two people being taken out of rubble by Thornton, one bleeding profusely and the other limping.
According to police, they are working closely with fire departments in order to determine the cause. Complex residents who were not directly affected by the explosion were asked to stay in their apartments.
Dunwoody can be found just north from Atlanta.