DeKalb County

Child injured after fire sweeps through DeKalb County apartment complex

ATLANTA — A child was hurt when flames swept through a DeKalb County apartment building.

When a Channel 2 Action News photographer got to the scene in Stone Mountain overnight, we saw several firefighters and fire trucks outside the two-story building on Rankin Street.

Most of the damage was inside about five of the units.

Fire officials said when someone called 911 Sunday night, they reported that people were trapped in these apartments. But when firefighters arrived, those people had already made it out.

Channel 2 Action News spoke to a battalion chief about the one person injured in the fire.


“There was one injury, one child, minor injured, smoke inhalation and got transported to the hospital,” said Atlanta Fire Battalion Chief Kenneth McKinney.

A man babysitting five of his nieces and nephews helped rescue them from the flames.

He was too emotional to do an interview with Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes she spoke to his mother.

“He was babysitting, and he was like, ‘Wait a minute. I’m missing one.’ He went back inside and got him – but he’s going to be OK,” said Virginia Warren.

Warren said everyone was outside, watching the fire inch closer to her building.

"It started coming this way so everybody from this back, everybody moved their cars back just in case because we couldn’t really get out," she said.

She praised the man who saved all the children and said she prays someone would save hers, if this ever happened at her place.

"It doesn’t matter who it is, if my kid is inside, get my kid out," she said.

Officials are still investigating what caused this fire.

About 15 people are displaced because of it.