Apartment Residents Jump Out Windows During Fire in College Park, GA
COLLEGE PARK, GA. – According to an online news report from patch.com, residents were jumping out of windows to escape a fire that broke out at an apartment complex in College Park, Georgia. A mother and son were reportedly among the residents jumping to safety during the fire.*
The fire broke out sometime before 6 a.m. at an apartment complex in College Park. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Fire officials arrived at the scene at the Lakeside Reserve Apartments, 4001 Lakeside Drive, to find multiple buildings engulfed in flames. The apartment complex is older, officials said, and did not have a fire wall.
Residents on the second and third floors were trapped because the breezeways were on fire, so they jumped to the ground from their apartment windows. A mother and son were reportedly two of the residents who jumped. They have not been identified, nor has anyone else involved in the incident.
Fire officials said at least one person would be transported to a local hospital with ankle pain and back pain. Later reports indicated four people were injured. Officials estimated 10 to 20 units were affected by fire damage or smoke damage.
The Red Cross of Georgia posted on social media that its Disaster Action Team was on the scene at the Lakeside Reserve Apartments. The post said volunteers with the Red Cross were “meeting one-on-one with approximately 15 people and, along with emotional support, [were] providing assistance for emergency needs – such as lodging, food, clothing, toiletries, replacement medications, and other essentials – according to need.”
Additional information about the fire and its cause are not yet available.
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