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Clothing causes accidental fire at apartments

NORCROSS -- Clothing is the cause of a Wednesday night fire at a Norcross apartment complex.

After receiving several calls from residents of the Sienna Heights Apartments at 1355 Graves Road, fire crews were dispatched to the scene at 8:15 p.m.

When they arrived, firefighters found a building on fire with visible smoke and flames coming from the back. All residents in that building were evacuated.

"The occupant in the apartment of (the fire) origin stated that the smoke alarm sounded and black smoke started to fill the apartment," fire spokesman Lt. Colin Rhoden said. "The occupant was able to safely evacuate the apartment with her (young) children."

The blaze was contained around 8:45 p.m. Afterward, two thorough searches were completed to ensure all occupants were accounted for and to check for hot-spots. Firefighters were able prevent the spread of the fire to other adjoined apartments and from the shared attic space.

After an investigation, the Gwinnett County Arson team "found the fire cause accidental in nature and was the result of clothing too close to an ignition source," Rhoden said.

There were no injuries reported, but 10 units of residents are displaced. There is heavy fire damage to two apartments, which was caused by smoke and fire. This lead to some structural damage.