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At least 4 injured at Georgia apartment complex explosion

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An apparent gas explosion rocked an apartment complex in Georgia Sunday afternoon — destroying a building and injuring at least four people, according to officials.

The blast occurred just before 1:30 p.m. at Arrive Perimeter apartment complex in Dunwoody, where videos from the scene showed severe structural damage to the three-story building.

According to several residents of the Arrive Perimeter apartment complex, the blast went off around 1:20 p.m.
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Four people were hospitalized with minor injuries, DeKalb County Fire Rescue Captain Jaeson Daniles said, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

Two people were initially unaccounted for but have since been located.

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Carter said that while the exact cause of the explosion was still under investigation, a local utility company had received a call from a resident reporting a strong gas odor shortly before the blast.

As of now, there are no confirmed fatalities, though several people on social media have said there were a lot of people inside the apartment building.
As of now, there are no confirmed fatalities, though several people on social media have said there were a lot of people inside the apartment building.
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Police said they arrived at the complex moments before the blast and encountered a heavy gas smell, prompting them to try to evacuate residents, according to WSB-TV.

The Dunwoody Police Department confirmed the explosion in a tweet just after it occurred.

“At 1:24pm, we received calls regarding an explosion at the Arrive Apartments,” police wrote.

Police are still looking into what caused the explosion.
Police are still looking into what caused the explosion.
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 Arrive Perimeter apartment complex in Dunwoody prior to the explosion.
Arrive Perimeter apartment complex in Dunwoody prior to the explosion.
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“We are on scene with the Dekalb Co. and Sandy Springs Fire Dept. This is a very active scene and the cause of the explosion is under investigation.”

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One resident of the building told CBS 46 he had complained to the housing manager that morning about a “thick” gas smell in his hallway. The manager told him it had been taken care of.

As he and his wife left for church around 10:30 a.m., the man joked, “I feel if you light a match in here then the whole building’s going up.”

According to police, the site of the explosion is still "very active" while they try and rescue the people who were trapped by debris.
According to police, the site of the explosion is still “very active” while they try and rescue the people who were trapped by debris.
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“Apparently a lot of people have been complaining about gas leaks here, especially recently,” he added.

The unidentified tenant said he learned through a phone call from his sister about the catastrophe.

“She said, ‘Your building just blew up,’” he said, adding that he hasn’t yet been allowed back into his home and was worried about the fate of his two cats.

Brandon Winfield, 28, who lives in the building next door, said that he had driven by the site just minutes before the blast.

“I’m alive. I’m alive,” he said.

Neighboring police departments have issued an alert to drivers to try and find an alternate route as surrounding roadways are closed.
Neighboring police departments have issued an alert to drivers to try and find an alternate route as surrounding roadways are closed.
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Eboni Thornton told WSB-TV that she was in a moving truck outside the building when it felt like something fell on top of the vehicle, shaking it.

“The leasing office was collapsed on the left side, the double doors were blown out and I could hear a lady screaming her head off,” Thornton said.

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Thornton said she saw some people limping and bleeding and being carried out of the rubble.

Late Sunday, a helicopter and drone circled above the wrecked structure. The building and several others nearby were evacuated. Residents were told that Monday was the earliest they could return to their homes.

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