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4 injured in explosion at apartment building in suburban Atlanta

Police said the cause of the house explosion in a suburb north of Atlanta was under investigation. Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department/Facebook
Police said the cause of the house explosion in a suburb north of Atlanta was under investigation. Photo courtesy of DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department/Facebook

Sept. 13 (UPI) -- At least four people were hurt when a building in Georgia exploded on Sunday, authorities said.

The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department said in a statement that four people were injured in the blast that occurred at the apartment complex in Dunwoody, a suburb north of Atlanta.

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First responders found the multi-family structure had partially collapsed.

"As units arrived they began to search and evacuate the remainder of the building," authorities said. "The structure was stabilized and our technical rescue team was able to search and clear the affected apartments, confirming that there was no one trapped."

The blast resulted in "a tremendous amount of structural damage" to the building, DeKalb County Deputy Fire Chief Melvin Carter told reporters in a briefing.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but police said a resident called the local utility prior to the explosion over concerns about the smell of gas, WXIA-TV reported.

Police had evacuated the area and told residents of several apartment complexes that they wouldn't be able to return that night.

"Natural gas remains turned off to the apartments directly impacted by the incident, and there are no additional service outages," Atlanta Gas Light said in a statement.

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