A large fire near Piedmont Park in midtown Atlanta evacuated several families in the early-morning hours Monday.
“There were flames probably 40 feet tall," witness Ross Alter said.
A car sitting in a parking lot near 11th Street and Dickson Place caught fire, which spread to a two-story home and a three-story apartment complex, Atlanta firefighters said.
"Pieces of ash [were] falling down from the sky, 3 to 4 inches wide," witness Nathan Bradford said.
Dozens of residents were left out in the cold while firefighters battled the blaze about 2:30 a.m. Firefighters said they had to evacuate nearby homes for safety reasons. Some residents said they were warning others about the danger.
“Nobody on 12th knew about the fire yet, so we were just going house to house, door-to-door getting everybody out,” Michael Jarvis said.
Firefighters said at least five families were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross was at the scene helping victims.
Fire investigators are working to determine what started the fire.