One woman told Channel 2 Action News she decided to jump to safety from the balcony of her second-floor apartment when she couldn’t get out her front door.
“I just knew I had to get out,” Shannon Fikes said. “If I didn’t I would be burned. I just lost everything.”
Another woman told Channel 2 her children, one of which had to go to the hospital, had to jump down a flight of burning stairs to escape their apartment on the third floor.
“After seeing my kids have to dive down a set of burning stairs ... I couldn’t even think,” Valencia Lanquedoc said, holding back tears.
Channel 2's Michael Seiden reports.
The five people taken to the hospital had minor injuries, according to DeKalb fire. No one was seriously injured, but 38 people were displaced from their homes.
Anderson went back into his apartment Monday morning to survey the damage. He was only able to recover a few of his belongings from his home of six years.
“A pair of shoes, a shirt, that’s about it,” he said. “Everything else is wet.”
The Red Cross is helping with emergency essentials and will continue to work with the families to help them recover their losses in the days ahead, a spokeswoman for the organization said.
Channel 2's Rikki Klaus reports.