East Point residents try to battle fire with extinguisher

7:27 AM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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EAST POINT, Ga. -- A couple of residents grabbed a fire extinguisher to try to put out a blaze at the Victory Place Apartments on Chateau Boulevard Sunday night.

"But the smoke was too intense," said resident Malcolm Wiley. "We could hardly breathe. So we came out and called the fire department."

East Point Fire crews got the call at 7:16 p.m. By the time they arrived, the flames had spread through eight units of a two-story brick building.

Fire officials called on units with the College Park and Hapeville Fire Departments to help.

It took them an hour to bring the fire under control.

No one was hurt, but the fire proved painful for residents.

"I heard screaming and hollering and people running in front of the building," said neighbor Bianca Duvall. "And I was like, God help them."

"I seen it get closer and closer to my apartment," Wiley said. "I lost everything."

Wiley was able to save his dog named King.

The American Red Cross responded to the scene and offered assistance to the nine adults and one child displaced by the fire.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Residents said they've had trouble with their sockets, so they suspect it started as an electrical fire.

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