Atlanta fire chief calls apartment fire 'anomaly,' explains why alarms didn't sound from the start

  • Source: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
  • Published: 11/14/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: The city's fire chief explained Monday how the devastating apartment fire in northeast Atlanta was an absolute "anomaly," requiring crews to shift response. The fire destroyed much of The Reserve at LaVista Walk complex after it was sparked by what police said might have been two people setting off fireworks late Friday night. Both those suspects have been arrested. "Somebody has to be held accountable for this," Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said. "We have a building that may collapse." Atlanta Fire and Rescue Chief Roderick Smith answered questions Monday evening, saying the investigation into how the fire happened will have a three-prong approach: where the fire originated, a look into code enforcement and what was authorized by the City of Atlanta's Office of Buildings.


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