Dozens displaced in DeKalb apartment fire, victims say

About two dozen people were displaced after an apartment fire trapped five of them Tuesday morning in Stone Mountain, apartment residents said.

Firefighters who arrived on the scene of the blaze just after 4 a.m. on the first floor of a Terra Creek apartment building rescued the residents with no fatalities reported as of 9 a.m., according to Channel 2 Action News.

People wrapped blankets around themselves, as firefighters and volunteers tried to figure out what sent smoke and flames shooting from the first floor apartment to the second floor.

The fire impacted eight units, displacing approximately 12 adults and 11 children, according to the American Red Cross of Georgia, which is working to help relocate the residents. At least two of those children were taken to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Monique Williams, one of the displaced residents, said she woke up to smoke and tried to clear it out, but it kept returning.

Williams, her sister and their five children were displaced in the fire. Williams said the family lost everything with no renter’s insurance.

“Shoes, birth certificates, everything gone,” she said.

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