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8 families displaced by Norcross apartment fire

NORCROSS - An apartment fire Friday night has left eight families displaced.

Firefighters responded to the Stanford Village Apartments off Beaver Ruin Road at about 7:20 p.m. after receiving an emergency call from a resident who saw smoke. When they arrived, they encountered heavy fire.

"The fire was fully involved and was concentrated mainly on the right side toward the rear and had already gotten in to the attic," said Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

Rutledge said about 50 firefighters brought the fire under control in about an hour-and-a-half.

"They did a tremendous job of stopping the fire from spreading past the breezeway and were able to save units to the left side of the breezeway," he said.

Rutledge said the building is "20-plus years old" and was equipped with smoke detectors but no sprinkler system.

Of the five right-side units damaged, Rutledge said three sustained heavy damage, one was moderately damaged and one sustained "significant water and smoke damage."

Though none of the four units on the left side received fire damage, Rutledge said those families were displaced because power to the whole building had to be shut off. Three of those units were occupied, one was vacant.

Two Norcross police officers were first on the scene, Rutledge said, and began knocking on doors. No injuries were reported.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.