Firefighters battle massive apartment fire in Clayton County

Flames engulfed an apartment in Clayton County on Wednesday evening. Firefighters spent several hours battling the huge blaze.

The first reports of the fire came in at around 7.25pm. Fire crews were dispatched to Ashford’s apartments in Stone Ridge, off Flat Shoals Road.

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This image taken by a GDOT camera along I-285 near Atlanta Airport shows a large plume of smoke from an apartment fire in College Park on June 1, 2022. (Georgia Department of Transportation)

The fire was so intense that smoke was visible from north of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The fire, which is just over a mile south of the airport, did not halt flights.

Fire crews battle a massive apartment fire in Clayton County on June 1, 2022. (FOX 5)

Several residents told FOX 5 that firefighters were having trouble with the complex’s fire hydrants.

Residents could only stand nearby and watch the fire devour their homes, leaving burning embers behind.

Clayton County Police blocked off a section of Flat Shoals Road to allow firefighters to work.

Firefighters and police have released no official information about the blaze.

It is not immediately known how many units were destroyed and how many residents were left homeless.