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Girl dead in East Point apartment fire; Search continues for unaccounted person believed to be her mom

Video from a witness at the scene showed smoke filling the air as crews responded.

EAST POINT, Ga. — A four-year-old girl is dead and one person who authorities believe is her mother is still unaccounted for after flames engulfed an East Point apartment complex building, officials said.

East Point Police said fire crews responded to 3072 Washington Road after a fire broke out Wednesday evening. Video from a witness at the scene showed smoke filling the air as crews responded.

Ricardo Tolbert was there when the fire broke out and tried to help. His actions saved a child.

“I busted the window out, and I raised the window up. I yelled in there, and the baby raised her hand, and I snatched her out of there," he said. 

He said he then tried to go back into the apartment to save the little girl's twin and her mother. 

“I reached in, and I unlocked the door, and I went in to see if I could save anybody else. I couldn’t make it too far because of the smoke and the fire. I had to come out," he said. "I made three attempts.”

Seven families were displaced in the fire. The fire department said the little girl who was rescued was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Red Cross is also helping families displaced by the fire.

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