Atlanta firefighters extinguish blaze at MLK site

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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta firefighters have put out a fire in a building at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

The blaze was reported around 6 a.m. Wednesday at a building about half a block from King’s tomb.

Battalion Chief Todd Edwards says crews from a nearby fire station arrived shortly after the fire broke out in a building owned by the National Park Service and is leased to a barber shop. Edwards says the shop has some fire damage as well as extensive water damage.

He says firefighters evacuated several loft apartments in an adjacent building.

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