By Ralph Ellis

Four people were taken to North Fulton Hospital Tuesday after suffering smoke inhalation in a fire that destroyed an apartment building at 295 Winding River Drive.

Two were Sandy Springs firefighters and two were tenants. Sandy Springs police spokesman Steve Rose said all four are expected to recover. He said it appears the fire started in a kitchen and destroyed all units in the two-story building.

Sandy Springs Fire Marshal Jeff Scarbrough said fighting the fire was slowed because the first fire hydrant tapped didn’t have any water. He didn’t know if the hydrant was privately or publicly owned. . The fire department is investigating that problem, he said.

The fire department got the call about 12:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived the blaze was heavily involved. A woman and three children who lived in the building were in the parking lot. The other tenants apparently had left for work, Scarbrough said.

Firefighters entered the building but went back outside after a ceiling collapse. Nobody was hurt in the collapse, he said. Units from Roswell and neighboring departments assisted.

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