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Man found dead, 8 families displaced in early Saturday house fire
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EAST POINT, Ga. -- A man was found dead after an East Point, Ga. fire early Saturday morning.

The incident happened at Bullock Habersham Apartments in the 3200 block of Habersham Drive around midnight.

The building was quickly evacuated.

But fire crews found an intense blaze upon arriving at the location and began a defensive attack to contain the fire from the outside while opening the roof the ventilate the flames.

FIre fighters were able to contain the blaze within about 30 minutes of arriving at the scene.

Unfortunately, when beginning a search, fire crews found a deceased black male - later identified as John Tatum, 29, of East Point - in Apartment 7. 

Tatum's cause of death is still under investigation as is the cause of the fire..

The building suffered about 30 percent fire and water damage according to authorities and the Red Cross was called in to accommodate eight families - 12 adults and eight children - displaced by the fire.

It's not the only fire that kept crews busy.  Less than an hour after the first fire, East Point fire fighters arrived at the 2700 block of Humphries Street for a single family residential house fire.

Additional aid was called in from Atlanta, Hapeville and College Park.

The home itself sustained about 90 percent fire damage but no injuries, officials said. The cause of this fire is also still being investigated.


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