Woman dies after Buckhead apartment fire | News
CORRECTION: 11Alive has learned that officials are now saying the woman injured in the fire was 37-years-old, not elderly as previously reported.
ATLANTA — A 37-year-old woman pulled from a burning Buckhead apartment building Sunday has died.
Atlanta Fire and Rescue told 11Alive the two-alarm fire broke out shortly after 4 a.m. at the Pharr Manor apartments on Pharr Road.
According to Sgt. Cortez Stafford, the fire, which may have started in the kitchen of a first-floor unit, was aggressive and spread quickly to the other three units and attic of the two-story building.
"Our guys got here and were trying to rescue folks and also stop the fire from spreading to more apartments," he said. "We had some immediate decisions to make about going in and getting some folks that were possibly entrapped inside."
Stafford says firefighters found Rachel Thorn unconscious inside the apartment suffering from severe burns. Emergency officials were able to pull her out of the fire and began performing CPR, before transporting her to the burn unit at Grady Hospital.
Fire officials confirmed on Monday that Thorn died of injuries suffered in the fire.
Officials originally reported that she was elderly but later confirmed that she is actually 37 years old.
One other person suffered minor burns from the heavy fire, which belched smoke and flames above the fully-engulfed building. At one point during the fire-fight, Stafford says firefighters had to be called out of the building because the fast-moving flames caused safety concerns.
"It became very serious for our guys and jeopardized their safety (because of) the possibility of the roof collapsing," Stafford said.
All other residents of the building were able to escape the apartment, although Stafford says one dog did die in the fire. A total of seven people have been displaced.