Floor collapses after apartment fire in Marietta
by Nikki Wiley
March 06, 2014 04:00 AM | 2222 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jan Atkins watches as Cobb firefighters secure her building at Abbington Pointe apartments on Terrell Mill Road on Wednesday after a fire that is thought to have started in a wall. Atkins called 911 after smelling smoke in her apartment.<br>Staff/Nikki Wiley
Jan Atkins watches as Cobb firefighters secure her building at Abbington Pointe apartments on Terrell Mill Road on Wednesday after a fire that is thought to have started in a wall. Atkins called 911 after smelling smoke in her apartment.
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 A firefighter works at the scene. No injuries were reported.<br>Staff/Nikki Wiley
A firefighter works at the scene. No injuries were reported.
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MARIETTA — Heavy smoke billowed from an apartment building fire Wednesday morning that damaged units and caused a top-story floor to collapse.

Two units at Abbington Pointe apartments, 1577 Terrell Mill Road just east of Interstate 75, were heavily damaged by the fire that investigators believe started in an exterior wall of the building. The cause had not been confirmed Wednesday. Other units saw light smoke damage.

Investigators were waiting Wednesday to be able to safely enter the building where a top-story floor had collapsed.

“There’s no reason to believe it’s anything other than accidental right now,” said Cobb Fire Lt. Dan Dupree, spokesman for the department.

Resident Jan Atkins said she smelled smoke when she woke up in her apartment.

“I smelled something and at that time checked around to see if I had anything burning,” Atkins said.

Finding nothing on fire, she went back to sleep but woke up again soon, this time finding thicker smoke in her apartment. She grabbed her purse and her medications and called 911.

“When I started realizing the whole thing of it, I just started praying,” Atkins said.

No one was injured in the blaze, Dupree said, but it took firefighters about 20 minutes to get it under control. One pet was rescued from the building.

“I’m just thankful that I got out,” Atkins said.

It’s the second apartment fire that Cobb firefighters have tackled this week.

More than a dozen adults and children were left without a home Sunday after a fire roared through a portion of Ashbrook Crossing Apartments off South Cobb Drive in Smyrna. It is thought to have been started by a grill.

No one was injured, but firefighters rescued a puppy from the building.

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