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Georgia Tech student severely burned in reported apartment fire

Firefighters were called out to the 200 block of 10th Street at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday regarding a fire. When investigators arrived on scene they found a man with severe burns to his hands, arms and chest. (Ben Gray)
Atlanta police surrounded an apartment building off of 10th Street in midtown after a reported fire. (Ben Gray)
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Updated: 2/05 8:34 am
ATLANTA, Ga. (WSB-TV) -- Atlanta police surrounded an apartment building off of 10th Street in midtown after a reported fire.

Firefighters were called out to the 200 block of 10th Street at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday regarding a fire. When investigators arrived on scene they found a man with severe burns to his hands, arms and chest.

Atlanta police, the Atlanta Fire Department and the FBI were at the scene investigating the incident. Police reopened 10th Street around midnight and allowed residents back into the building.

Overnight, a Channel 2 Action News crew recorded the removal of a torched mattress and a plastic container of lighter fluid.

Police sources told Channel 2 a flammable liquid was placed inside a bottle, causing it to explode. That's when APD called the FBI's joing terrorism task force.

"It's just been explained to me ... appears to be a possible incendiary device," FBI special Agent Stephen Emmett said.

In a statement from Georgia Tech, they said, "Georgia Tech is working with law enforcement to notify the victim's family. Until that notification is made the Institute is not able to release the victim's information. We are able to confirm a Georgia Tech graduate student was involved in an incident involving a fire in a building off of 10th street this evening. Our primary concern is to provide appropriate assistance to the victim and for his family as well as his classmates. We continue to cooperate with the investigation of incident."

Stay with WSBTV.com and watch Channel 2 Action News This morning for updates.

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