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Old Atlanta YMCA catches fire

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At least one witness said arson was responsible for an early Thursday morning fire at the old Atlanta YMCA.

The two-alarm fire started around 1:15 a.m. at the facility located at 22 Jesse Hill Drive NE. Firefighters said the building, once housing the YMCA, now serves as transitional housing.

Firefighters contained the flames to a fourth-floor room. Several people were trapped, but firefighters brought them to safety using the fire escapes.

One resident told CBS Atlanta the fire was purposely set in a lover's spat.

Corey McDowell said he arrived home from work to hear his neighbor arguing with his girlfriend. McDowell said the girlfriend then set the man's curtains and blanket on fire.

"I came in there and put the stuff out. I ain't think nothin' of it, so I went to my room," said McDowell. "He come into my room. The next thing you know, the alarm goes off. She gone went back to his room and set his whole bed on fire!"

Investigators did not immediately confirm the cause of the fire.

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