The cause of the building explosion is still unknown. According to DeKalb County Deputy Superintendent of Fire and Rescue, Melvin Carter, a local utility company received calls from residents reporting a strong smell of gas before the explosion occurred at midday on September 12. (local time). He said, 90% of the buildings have been searched and local authorities are supporting and avoiding the rest of the complex to collapse, through which the rescue force continues to search for residents. People may still be trapped.
Emergency responders respond to an explosion at an apartment complex on September 12 in Dunwoody, a suburb of Atlanta
Fire Captain Jaeson Daniels said that in addition to the four injured, two were missing. These people may have been in one of the three apartments that had completely collapsed. Rescuers were unable to enter those apartments due to the overall structural instability.
However, later, WSB-TV quoted DeKalb County fire officials as reporting that the two were eventually found safe.
A helicopter and drone circled the building, while the local Red Cross began scouting residents to see if anyone needed help finding temporary accommodation. The building partially collapsed and residents living in several other buildings nearby were evacuated. Residents were told that they could return to their homes as early as September 13.
Brandon Winfield, 28, who lives in a building next to the collapsed building, said he was lucky he wasn’t injured in the blast because he had driven to the area minutes before the incident. out.
Chantel Jefferson, a 21-year-old Amazon driver, was parked right outside at the time of the explosion and was unloading packages to prepare to go inside the building. She heard a loud bang, then trees and debris began to fall on the car. People ran out of the building, screaming and shouting, some bleeding with wounds on their bodies.
“I was only inches away from the explosion. I may have exploded“, she said.I’m so lucky I haven’t entered the building yet“.
Image of the rubble of a 3-storey apartment building after the explosion caused the collapse (Image: AP)
Police, fire, rescue and media forces at the scene of the explosion (Image: AP)