Families narrowly escape apartment fire in Clayton County

Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 7:26 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2023 at 12:24 PM EDT
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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - Plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky Thursday afternoon at the St. James Place apartments in College Park after a building caught fire.

“I came home, and I pulled around the bend and the first thing I saw was black smoke everywhere,” resident Sharina Hinson said.

Neighbors watched as Clayton County firefighters poured water on the building from all angles, including from above.

Clayton County Police confirm that two dogs died in the fire but did not report any other injuries.

“It’s scary. I thank God that my unit is fine, but it’s really scary,” Hinson said.

Of the six units in the building, five were occupied. Several people have been displaced and are being helped by the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

#Update: Unfortunately, two dogs have died as a result of the fire. The Clayton County Police Department and the...

Posted by Clayton County Police Department on Thursday, March 23, 2023