A fire at an apartment building in Smyrna has displaced several families, hours before they were planning to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Firefighters responded to the Mission Galleria apartments on Herodian Way at about 2:45 a.m. Thursday and quickly began to fight the flames coming from a building on Lincoln Trace Circle that was in flames.
Eight apartment units were destroyed, according to Battalion Chief Eric Farmer of the Smyrna Fire Department. All of the residents made it out safely, he said.
Helen Arellano escaped the fire with several family members. She told CBS Atlanta News that was planning to cook a big Thanksgiving meal. Her apartment, however, was destroyed in the fire.
"Thank God we're alive," she said.
The subfreezing temperatures presented a challenge for firefighters. Water from their hoses froze quickly on the pavement. A city crew had to spread sand throughout the parking lot to keep firefighters from slipping on the ice.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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