16 displaced by early morning fire

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. - Neighbors helped alert other residents to an early-morning fire in College Park.

Nine adults and seven children were forced from their homes at the Alexandria Landing apartments on Godby Road.

Once resident told Channel 2 the smell of smoke woke her up.

“Just laying in the bed and smell something burning, so I walked out and I saw the flames,” resident Dia Credle said.

Another woman said a neighbor banged on her door to alert her to the danger.

“Let me know that everybody needed to clear the building. I noticed flames to the right of me,” resident Melody Williams said.

The flames were intense and consumed the roof of the apartment building.

By the time firefighters arrived, the roof of the building had been consumed by flames. Fire crews needed a ladder truck to fight the blaze.

“I have a young mother and her baby that I’m trying to keep warm in my car,” Williams said.

College Park, Clayton and Fulton County firefighters all worked to knock down the fire.

“All the neighbors got out safely. It’s just a matter of not having anywhere to stay,” Williams said.

The Red Cross is assisting the displaced families while the apartment management works to relocate the victims.