Early morning fire overtakes apartment duplex near Athens
Firefighters responded to an apartment fire on Hilltop Drive / County Road 177 outside of Athens around 2:30 a.m. on October 17.
Athens Fire Chief Brandon Ainsworth says the fire was at a two-story apartment duplex containing six living units.
By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had consumed most of the second floor. Firefighters began fire suppression immediately.
The Athens Fire Department was initially dispatched to the scene, but rural fire departments were called in since the fire was just outside the city.
The fire was contained to the second story and the ground level sustained smoke and water damage.
All fire units involved cleared around 6:30 a.m.
There were no reported injuries. Red Cross was notified to assist displaced families.