The cause of the explosion was unknown, but a local utility had received a call from a resident about a strong smell of gas shortly before the noon explosion, according to the county’s deputy chief of fire and rescue. by DeKalb, Melvin Carter. He said 90% of the building had been searched and authorities were consolidating the rest of the complex so that rescuers could continue to search for anyone who might be trapped.
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Fire captain Jaeson Daniels had said two people were missing and may have been in one of the three apartments which had completely collapsed. Rescuers were unable to enter these apartments due to the instability of the overall structure.
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But WSB-TV reported, citing DeKalb firefighters, that the two were ultimately found unharmed.
A helicopter and drones flew over the structure as the local Red Cross began soliciting residents to see who might need help finding accommodation. The partially collapsed building and several others nearby were evacuated. Residents were told Monday was the first day they could return home.
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Brandon Winfield, 28, who lives in a building next to the one that collapsed, said he felt lucky to have avoided injuries as he walked past the site minutes before the explosion. The collapse reminded him of a terrible accident as a teenager, severing his spinal cord while competing in a motocross.
” I’m alive. I am alive, ”he said. “I dodged two bullets.
Chantel Jefferson, a 21-year-old Amazon driver, had parked her van just outside the building and was collecting take-out packages when she heard a ‘huge explosion’ and trees and debris began to fall on his vehicle. People ran out of the building, screaming and bleeding from their wounds.
“I was a few inches away. I would have exploded, ”she said. “I’m just glad I didn’t succeed in this. “
AP photographer Ben Gray contributed to this report.