Kids help alert neighbors to raging apartment fire

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A raging fire ripped through a DeKalb County apartment building late Tuesday night. But luckily no one was hurt because of the actions of some heroic neighbors.

The fire broke out sometime after 10 p.m. at 3959 Covington Highway.

“Oh, it was serious. The whole apartment was burning down,” said resident Fatima Whittle.

Whittle, who escaped the fire, said flames were coming from the roof when she made it out.

“I saw fire coming from the windows, fire coming from the roof, fire coming from the front, it was crazy,” Whittle said.


Thankfully, she and everyone made it out safely because of the actions of her neighbors.

“A whole bunch of kids started banging on everybody’s doors,” Whittle said. “I could hear the doors being banged on and a couple of windows.”

The building sustained serious fire and water damage. Whittle and several of her neighbors are now displaced because of the fire.

We’re keeping in touch with fire officials about the cause of the fire.