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Norcross fire damages five units in apartment complex

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Firefighters continue to douse hot spots in the 2000 building of the Silverleaf apartment complex in Norcross on Tuesday. Five of the ten units in the building were affected to some degree by smoke, water and moderate to heavy fire damage. No one was injured in the fire and the cause is undetermined under investigation.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips Firefighters continue to douse hot spots in the 2000 building of the Silverleaf apartment complex in Norcross on Tuesday. Five of the ten units in the building were affected to some degree by smoke, water and moderate to heavy fire damage. No one was injured in the fire and the cause is undetermined under investigation.

NORCROSS -- No one was injured in a late-morning fire Tuesday that damaged five units at a Treehouse Parkway apartment complex.

Firefighters responded to the Silverleaf Apartments at about 11:48 a.m., according to reports, to find that all the building's occupants had already been evacuated.

Gwinnett Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said the three-story building contains 10 units separated by a breezeway. When crews arrived, he said, the five apartments on the right were on fire.

"Firefighters used several hose lines to control the flames and had to tear away wall, floor and ceiling materials to expose hot spots and complete extinguishment," Rutledge said.

Officials listed three apartments as heavily damaged and two units as sustaining "mild to moderate" damage.

Though five apartments were unaffected by the blaze, Rutledge said, the building's occupants, nine families, were displaced after the power supply had to be cut.

Rutledge said the fire appears accidental and may have been caused by a plumbing torch used by a maintenance worker trying to repair a plumbing pipe.