Massive fire at Marietta apartments displaces families

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A Marietta apartment complex was heavily damaged after a fire broke out Saturday evening leaving more than a dozen families without a place to stay.

Fire crews received 911 calls just after 5:45 p.m. reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the top of an apartment building inside the Gallery Apartments at 720 Franklin Gateway SE.

When fire crews arrived, they helped evacuate residents and immediately began working on extinguishing the flames coming from the attic and third floor of the building.

One building is a total loss and a second building has heavy heat damage and smoke damage.

Twenty units were destroyed. At this point, Marietta Police reported no injuries, but Officer Chuck McPhilamy said the department will not be able to confirm that until they get into the building. The intensity of the fire kept crews from entering the building for several hours.

Firefighters rescued three dogs trapped inside apartments. The owners were incredibly emotional as firefighters ran from the smoke carrying their pets to safety.

The Red Cross is assisting the affected families. The Marietta Police Department is asking the community to donate to the Red Cross if they'd like to assist families in need.