An apartment complex in southeast Marietta began to sink into a hole underneath its structure early Saturday evening, causing residents to race out of the building.
Building 13 of Ivy Ridge Apartments, at 2650 Bentley Road, near the intersection of Delk Road and Interstate 75, was left barely balancing over a large pit that formed as a crawl space was washed away by a rain storm.
Denell Boyd with Cobb Fire said callers told 911 dispatchers the ceiling was falling in above them.
Meka Sterling, who has lived in Apt E for more than two years, was one of the people who called 911.
“It felt like an earthquake,” Sterling said. The incident lasted 30 seconds, she said.
There were no injuries resulting from the collapsed building, which residents said was because of the bravery of Maurice Edwards, who ran to bang on his neighbors’ doors, making sure everyone got out of the apartments.
Many residents left with only the clothes on their backs. And in the case of one woman, Jillian Medina, a 5-and-a-half-month old baby girl, Allie Curz, in her arms.
Boyd said the entire structure is unstable with major damage to the front of the building.
“As many pets as we can retrieve safely, we will turn over to Animal Control,” Boyd said. Cobb County Animal Control will house the pets at the shelter until owners can claim them.
The Cobb County Building Department will do an inspection of the building Monday to investigate the damage.
Residents will not be permitted to enter the apartments, even to retrieve belongings, until it is cleared.
By late Saturday evening, Red Cross arrived to assist residents gathering in the Ivy Ridge leasing office.
Red Cross will interview each resident and issue debit cards loaded with funds to buy food, clothing and at least three nights in a local hotel.