Five News at 10 begins now. KAITLYN: Our top story tonight in Atlanta is the ongoing destructive fire at the La Vista Walk apartment complex.
Thank you for joining us for Fox Five News at 10, America, Perry. Tonight, dozens of residents are left without homes as a result of the fire. This aerial footage from Sky Foxx drone shows the massive presence and extensive damage.
Two individuals are currently in custody as police believe they started the fire by igniting fireworks on the building. Now, let’s turn to Fox Five’s Eric Mark, who is reporting live from the scene almost 24 hours later. Eric, what can you see happening there tonight? Reporter Eric: It’s still a very active scene here. La Vista Road remains blocked off since last night.
Fire crews continue to battle and extinguish hot spots throughout the past 24 hours. The destruction on the apartment complex is evident, and firefighters are working tirelessly to contain the ongoing flare-ups. This fire has caused significant damage, affecting businesses below and rooftops.
Residents are now faced with the uncertainty of where they will stay and when they can return to their homes, if undamaged. Firefighters are diligently working to put out hot spots at the Reserve Apartments at La Vista Walk. Some residents were able to return briefly on Saturday to gather essential belongings and pets.
One resident, Pasqua, described the surreal experience of witnessing her complex burn and expressed uncertainty for their immediate future. Another resident, Gwinnnett, shared her concern about the water damage in her apartment and the uncertainty of when it will be habitable again.
Two individuals have been arrested in connection with the fire: Robert Stokes, 42, and Darnell Gun, 25. Both have been charged with reckless conduct and criminal damage to property.
The official cause of the fire is still under investigation by Atlanta Fire officials. The Red Cross has set up a shelter for displaced individuals at the Central Park Recreation Center, though there were not many people staying there when we visited earlier today..