Fire leaves 8 families homeless days before Thanksgiving

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ATLANTA, Ga. - Eight families, including several children, are homeless just days before Thanksgiving after an apartment fire in southwest Atlanta.

Atlanta fire investigators said four units were destroyed and four others were heavily damaged at the Washington Street Apartments on Washington Street.

Fire investigators are trying to determine how the fire started in the middle lower level unit. Flames quickly spread in both directions, and up into the upper floor and attic.

Channel 2 Action News crews at the scene saw flames coming from the roof when they arrived.

Investigators said no one was hurt in the fire, but firefighters had to help one person out of the burning building.

A neighbor said he ran door to door trying to get everyone out, including two newborn babies and a woman who is nine months pregnant.

"I’m (really) scared and worried because I’m two weeks from my due date, and I had all my stuff ready for my newborn and now I have to start over,” said Tremesia Coleman.

The Red Cross is helping the fire victims. Check back for updates on this developing story.


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