Dozens of people displaced in Marietta apartment fire - CBS46 News

Dozens of people displaced in Marietta apartment fire

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Neighbors slowly made their way back their homes after a fire destroyed their apartment building.

The fire gutted 16 units at the Marquis Place Apartments on Franklin Road and sent dozens of people scrambling for safety.

Some of the people who lived in the complex tried to recover whatever they could, but did not get very much.

Tierra Williams, who lived on the first floor, came back Friday morning to see what she could salvage from her home, but all she saw was the fire's destructive aftermath.

Most of Williams' belongings were damaged by smoke.

"A lot of soot, a lot of water. It doesn't look good," Williams said.

Christopher Bonaparte lost everything.

"It's like a nightmare but worse, you can wake up from a nightmare," Bonaparte said.

Bonaparte tried get inside his home, but could only make it as far as the stairway.

Bonaparte did not get to see if he could salvage anything inside his home.

"Just a bunch of burning, water, debris, everything mixed in one, all on the ground," Bonaparte said. "Everything  fell down, the floor is unstable."

The Red Cross is temporarily placing the people who lived at the burned-out building in a nearby hotel.

Neighbors, in the meantime, must figure out what to do next and how to adapt to their new circumstances.

"Just start over," Williams said.

First responders still don't know what caused the fire and are concerned about the stability of the remaining structure.

"Anytime we have masonry walls being exposed to that much heat there is always a collapse danger," Marietta  fireman Steve Ingram said.

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