Apartment fires in Athens leaves dozens homeless

  • Follow Latest News

ATHENS, Ga. - Residential fires in Athens left dozens of residents homeless this week.

An Athens-Clarke fire inspector said its likely the blazes started because of power outages caused by a weekend snowstorm.

An apartment building on Epps Bridge Road went up in flames Monday night leaving 37 people homeless. Investigators said 19 apartments were gutted. It was determined that food left on a stove ignited the flames.

Another fire early Tuesday on Baxter Drive gutted 16 apartments - 14 people were displaced. A resident was told a candle may have started the fire.

The American Red Cross and a local church provided assistance to victims of both fires.

 
Search Augusta jobs
Top headlines
19 plea not guilty in Irish Traveler case
COLUMBIA -- Nineteen of 22 people indicted in the federal case involving Irish Travelers and Murphy Village entered not guilty pleas Tuesday and received $25,000 unsecured bonds.