Fire heavily damages East Point home

No one was injured in a Wednesday morning fire that heavily damaged a home in East Point.

The blaze broke out shortly before 8 a.m. in the 4500 block of Parkview Square, in a neighborhood off Ben Hill Road.

East Point fire Battalion Chief Mike Webb told the AJC that when he arrived, “the whole second floor was consumed by flames.”

Webb said that neighbors had tried to make entry into the home to make sure no one was inside, but were forced back by the fire and smoke.

He said that, with homes in the neighborhood only 10 feet or less from one another, one main concern of firefighters was keeping the flames from spreading to nearby houses.

Alexis Allen, 21, lives in the house with her mother, Marlene Allen and sister, Jabria Seay.

Marlene Allen was visiting family in Alabama when the fire broke out. Her daughters returned home from a Christmas trip to Texas to find the family’s home in flames.

“It’s a horrible sight,” Alexis Allen said.

“Everything we own is in there,” she said. “All we have are the things we took on our trip and got for Christmas.”

Despite the loss, Alexis Allen said she was thankful the fire broke out when no one was home.

“It’s not like it’s the end of the world,” she said. “We have family. We’ll readjust.”