Residents jump out windows to escape College Park apartment fire

A woman and her son had to jump to escape flames that gutted a College Park apartment Friday morning and displaced more than a dozen residents, according to the city’s fire chief.

“They jumped out the window,” Chief Wade Elmore said. “She was hurt and inhaled a lot of smoke.”


About 1:30 a.m., the fire department received a call about a blaze at the Lakeside Reserve Apartments in the 4000 block of Lakemont Drive. Firefighters got to the scene in minutes.

“The first unit found a building fully-involved,” Elmore said. “Many of the occupants stated they couldn’t get out of their front doors. The breezeway was on fire.”


At least four people were injured, authorities said. The woman and her son were taken to a hospital.

“We did escape a lot of serious injuries, but I understand there were a few animals that were inside that are not accounted for,” Elmore said.

The fire displaced about 15 people and impacted about 10 units, according to Red Cross spokeswoman Ashley Henyan.

The cause of the blaze has not been determined.

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