As of this week, an estimated amount of 50 people are without a home after the Avondale Forest Apartments caught on fire. It has been confirmed that 12 people were hurt in the fire ranging from one-month-old to 36 years-old, mainly from smoke inhalation. Thankfully no deaths were recorded.
The Dekalb County Fire Fighters were going above and beyond to save the families that lived in these apartments.
Setting up their ladders the men on duty rushed into the windows and doors of their homes and started pulling families out as fast as they could. As the fire grew, they were running out of options, and then decided to throw small children from the balconies to speed up the process.
“It was literally all hands on deck. Before we had even put a hose line on the fire, we had firefighters that were bringing adults out, we had firefighters that were catching babies, one after another,” Jackson told local Georgia news outlets on Monday.
“I mean we were catching babies like footballs, literally,” he added.
New HD Video of Dekalb County Fire Rescue Department firefighters rescuing a dozen trapped occupants from an apartment with heavy fire involvement on arrival. Third generation DCFR firefighter Captain Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night. STATter911.com
Posted by Local 1492 on Sunday, January 14, 2018
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and the families are now receiving help from the American Redcross.
The American Red Cross Association is always there to lend a helping hand in times of need, free of charge. Whenever I can, I donate a few bucks from my “rainy day fund”.
You can too by following this link: AMERICAN RED CROSS