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Thanksgiving night fire victims return to scene hoping to save belongings

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SMYRNA, GA (CBS46) -

Bright orange flames lit up the night time sky early Friday morning, during a fire at the Mission Galleria apartments in Smyrna.

"There was fire right in our faces. It was just getting bigger and bigger," said Irma Hernandez.

Hernandez lives on the bottom floor of the building.

"I was terrified, so terrified we had dogs, we had babies you just never know what will happen," Hernandez said.

Hernandez, her family and her aunt got out safely, but the aunt was not able to save much from the smoke and flames.

"My aunt was terrified, she is a single parent, she does it by herself and she is terrified. She has nothing, nothing and no help," Hernandez said.

Hernandez and her family went back into the ruble today hoping to get what they could.

"We tried to get my aunt's clothes so she can have something to wear. She doesn't have much left." Hernandez said.

But she said some things couldn't be saved.

"The kid's father passed away two years ago and they have nothing left of him. All the pictures, all the fun things they did before he was gone are gone," Hernandez said.

Although times are tough now, Hernandez said she is holding on to what she has and what could have been lost.

"I am happy we are alive. We are OK, nothing is wrong with us, we came out OK, we are safe, alive and breathing," Hernandez said.

Hernandez said her aunt had renter's insurance but it expired two weeks ago, she said she forgot to pay the premium.

Investigators are still looking into what caused the fire.

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