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Apartment fire displaces N. Druid Hills residents
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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (WXIA) – Families were forced to watch helplessly as flames engulfed their homes in a North Druid Hills apartment complex Friday evening.

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In all, 24 units were involved in the blaze.

By late Friday evening, firefighters were still working to control a small flame from a gas line, with the intent of allowing it to burn itself out.

For the people living there, the evening was one of close calls and emotional reunions.

Leah Sidel, for example, was not concerned about her things – she was worried about her dog. She was reunited with her dog, and that was only one of several animal rescues for the evening.

Fifty firefighters doused the apartment building from the inside and out, and eventually, even were forced to retreat.

"We had more fire than resources," said one fire official. "We were overcome by flames and we had to back out."

Everyone got out safely. Some were able to help out others.

So what's next? The Red Cross is stepping in to help those displaced.

As for what caused this, officials said it appears to have started near a gas meter, but the official cause will need to be investigated.

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