Babies, children thrown to safety during apartment complex fire -, GA News Weather & Sports

Babies, children thrown to safety during apartment complex fire

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Crews battled a fire at a DeKalb County apartment complex that sent eight children and four adults to the hospital early Wednesday morning.

The fire started around 5:30 a.m. at the Avondale Forest apartments on the 200 block of Pine Tree Circle in Stone Mountain. The area is just off Memorial Drive near Highway 278.

Huge flames and heavy plumes of smoke could be seen billowing out of the structure and at least 20 units have been impacted. DeKalb County Fire Captain Eric Jackson says the fire did not threaten any other buildings in the area.

Assistant Chief Jeff Crump says firefighters were catching babies and children that were tossed from the burning building.

"I had engine 3 with my next units on scene," said Crump. "They quickly had a ladder up on the third floor balcony and started taking the victims down. The adults that were holding the babies dropped the babies to our personnel. Captain Peckwell and Captain Stewart each caught babies.

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Several injuries sustained

At least 12 people, four adults and eight children, have sustained injury and have been hospitalized but thankfully, none are considered to be life-threatening. Most are being treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is also unknown at this time.

Aerial footage from the scene

CBS46 has a crew at the scene and will provide updates as new information is learned.

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