Tropical storm in Atlanta causes house fire, structure collapse and more in DeKalb

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 11, 2017

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

This story has been updated. 

DeKalb County has seen numerous incidents today as the result of a tropical storm brought by Hurricane Irma.

Andrew Cauthen, a spokesperson for the DeKalb County, said emergency crews are at a house fire caused by downed electrical wires on Dove Valley Road. There was a “structure collapse” of a home on Lincoln Drive and someone is trapped inside, Cauthen said.

Here are the other incidents that have been reported:

– The county received a report of an overturned tractor trailer at I-285 and Chamblee Tucker Road.

– A tree fell on a house on Captain Drive in Chamblee.

– A tree was reported down at Clifton Church Road in Atlanta.

– Trees and wires have been reported in the roadway on Landeau Circle in Tucker.

– Trees and wires have also been reported in the roadway Holly Hill Drive and Miriam Lane in greater Decatur.

– There’s a tree across a roadway on South Deshon Road in Lithonia.

DeKalb County Fire and Rescue also received numerou reports of trees down and structure damage:

– Aquamist Drive – Tree fell and crushed location, no entrapments.

– Stonewood Drive – Tree fell on a home, no entrapments, no wires seen.

– S. Hairston/Redan Road – Tree fell on a car in front of The Park at Hairston Apartments. No one was inside the car.

– Wesley View – Tree fell on a home and the resident smelled gas inside. There were no injuries.

– Newgate – Tree down on a house, no injuries.

– Mount Olive Drive – Large tree down on a house, no injuries.

– Kittredge Court – Tree fell on a house, no wires seen.

A reader reported there was a tree down on Johnston Place near Madison Avenue in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood. She sent in this photo:

A huge tree was knocked down in Decatur’s Winnona Park neighborhood.

There’s also a tree down at Scott Boulevard and Clairemont. It took out power lines and traffic lights:

The county says trees are currently being removed at 755 Derrydown Way and 1902 Canterbury St. in Decatur.

Hans Utz, a Decaturish contributor, sent in this photo from Sycamore Street in Decatur. This tree blocking the road is about 200 yards from the Avondale MARTA station.

Decatur Metro is also keeping track of storm damage in Decatur, which you can see by clicking here.

A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department said, “Right now, there’s about five or so downed trees in the city. I don’t believe any of them have fallen on homes or caused any injuries. A little bit ago, a few more panels fell of a building at 34 Peachtree Street in the Woodruff Park area.  The streets are closed nearby, so the panels fell in the designated ‘safe zone’ and no one was injured, thankfully. Other than that, not much to report. We are anticipating more potential effects as the storm approaches.”

Georgia Power reports that there are about 32,377 customers in DeKalb County without power. There are more than 500,000 customers without power statewide.

This list will be updated as more information becomes available. If you have reports or photos of storm damage, send them to editor@decaturish.com. (Do not put yourself in danger to take photos.) 

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