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1 dead, several injured in Ga. apartment fire

DeKalb County firefighters faced occupants who jumped from windows during an apartment fire

By David Aaro
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A man was killed and six others were injured Sunday after a large fire engulfed an apartment building in DeKalb County, officials said.

Crews were dispatched just after 11:30 a.m. to the Park Creek Apartments on Bouldercrest Road, according to DeKalb fire spokesperson Capt. Jaeson Daniels. When firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy flames and saw several residents jump from the 24-unit building, which is one of several at the complex, officials said.

“We even heard that people were jumping from the third floor,” Daniels said. “So that’s what was going on when we actually arrived.”

Knowing some of the residents had tried to rescue themselves by jumping, firefighters immediately began searching apartments where they believed some residents were likely in need of help. In other apartments, they had to wait to enter until it was safe.

Crews found the deceased victim inside one of the apartments. His identity was not released. Officials said four of the injured people were taken to the hospital with burns and various injuries, though their conditions are unknown at this time.

The American Red Cross was at the scene Sunday to help with the more than a dozen people who were displaced from the fire, according to Daniels. He noted some of the apartments had been empty at the time.

A backhoe was at the scene late Sunday afternoon to clear debris and help fire investigators, officials said. The complex is a short distance from I-285 in Gresham Park.

Daniels said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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