Woman recalls being knocked unconscious as Dunwoody apartment building exploded

DUNWOODY, Ga. — A woman says brick, glass and other debris rained down on her and her car when a Dunwoody apartment building exploded Sunday afternoon.

“It just felt like a wave hit me. First thing that went through my mind is, what’s happening? What’s happening now?’ said Sherelle Baker.

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Baker said she was parked outside the building, at the Arrive at Perimeter Apartments,  while waiting to attend a business meeting. She is not a resident of the apartment complex.

She said there was no warning prior to the blast. She says something hit her, and knocked her unconscious.

“When I came to, there was a lady in the car next to me, I remember her screaming. She’s trying to get out of her car, and I’m trying to get out of mine.” said Baker.


At least four people were hurt in the explosion that fire investigators suspect was caused by a gas leak. Residents told Channel 2 Action News they smelled gas

In the apartment building prior to the explosion.

Baker has hired an attorney. She says the blast, and the injuries could have been prevented.

“Absolutely. Something happened. Someone didn’t do their job. That’s how I feel,” said Baker.

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Gas service to the apartment complex has been cut off while inspectors check to make sure gas line connections to appliances are secure and safe.

A management representative said their company is cooperating with local officials in assessing the damage and potential corrective actions.