Apartment fire on Franklin Road displaces 5; Red Cross assisting
by Rachel Miller
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Marietta Fire Department Fire Marshal Scott Tucker exits the kitchen area of apartment 18 at the Marquis View Apartments while investigating the cause of the blaze.

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Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta Fire Department Fire Marshal Scott Tucker exits the kitchen area of apartment 18 at the Marquis View Apartments while investigating the cause of the blaze.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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The scorched walls and blackened ceiling was all that was left of a small apartment kitchen Friday morning after a fire consumed the room the night before.

At 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, eight fire trucks and emergency vehicles responded to a call at 1035 Franklin Road, north of Delk Road, according to Marietta Fire Marshal Scott Tucker.

The fire started in apartment 18, on the second story of the 10-unit building M, at the Marquis View Apartments.

“One occupant received a minor injury from exertion while trying to escape the building,” Tucker said. The resident was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital via Metro Atlanta Ambulance.

A team of four Red Cross volunteers arrived at the apartments at 1:30 a.m. to help the five displaced families, consisting of 12 adults and seven children.

Sherry Nicholson with the Metropolitan Atlanta Red Cross chapter said all the residents received lodging and food, and one family also needed clothing. Caseworkers will work with the families over the next couple of days with referrals for more long-term help.

Fire inspectors at the scene Friday removed seared appliances and piled debris outside the building.

Tucker said the more than $60,000 worth of damage was mostly to the unit where the fire started, but the apartments next door would also have to be completely renovated because of fire, smoke and water damage.

A similar fire engulfed the roof of the Marquis Place Apartments just blocks away at 1019 Franklin Road on July 27.

Tucker said the Marietta Police Department receives a high amount of calls on Franklin Road because of the density of apartment complexes in the area.

“Because of the concentration of the apartments and because of the age of the apartments, and frankly because of the deteriorating condition of some of them, we find that we have a higher call volume there than we would like it to be,” Tucker said.

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