VIDEO: Man uses drone to help firefighters identify hotspots from massive Georgia apartment complex fire

  • Source: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
  • Published: 10/19/2022 12:00 AM

People driving through Midtown Tuesday could probably still smell the smoke from a massive fire that destroyed an apartment complex on Monday night. The fire started in the Peachtree Walk Apartments, and damaged a number of businesses on 12th Street. Firefighters were finally able to knock it down with some help from a drone pilot who helped them identify the hotspots. Fire investigators are back on scene assessing the damage and again, Fess Burgess was here to help. He started flying drones three years ago. "A lot of practice, a few crashes, it is risky," he said. He was flying in Midtown with some friends Monday night when they heard how fast the fire was spreading. "This drone here has thermal capabilities, so it can show hotspots, you can see what's hot and what's not," he said.


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