MARTA HELPS FAMILIES DISPLACED BY FIRE
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) assisted the DeKalb County Fire Department on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 3 after fire broke out at the Avondale Forest Apartments in Avondale Estates, which is located across from MARTA’s Kensington Station.
The fire engulfed one building, injuring 12 people, including 8 children. 50 people lost their homes.
MARTA staged two buses in a safe location within the apartment complex so families displaced by the fire could stay warm as temperatures that morning were below freezing. Residents were moved from the buses to a leasing office on the property around 9 a.m.
“The DeKalb County Fire Chief called us to help provide a safe, warm place for residents while firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, said MARTA Deputy Police Chief Joseph Dorsey. “MARTA’s bus operations center moved swiftly to provide the buses. MARTA is always ready and willing to help our fellow first responders and the communities we serve.”