People left homeless after morning fire sweeps across Smyrna com - CBS46 News

People left homeless after morning fire sweeps across Smyrna complex

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SMYRNA, GA (CBS46) -

A fire swept across a Smyrna apartment complex Sunday morning, leaving several people, including children, homeless.

The fire started at about 10 a.m. at the Ashbrook Crossing apartments on Tiburron Parkway. 

Several people driving by noticed the smoke and flames and called 911.   "I reacted instantly," said Olivia Russell.  She pulled over and started banging on doors.   "I knew people were inside.  It was early so I knew people were probably still sleeping," Russell explained.   "There was no fire alarm going off.  So me and some of the guys just did what we could."

"I was like, ‘Oh my God, what in the world happened? What's going on here?'" Lorraine Harris told CBS 46.  Harris was on her way to church, her plans instantly changing as she helped get people out, the fire spreading quickly. "It was going really fast. I couldn't even go to church. I feel so sorry for these people here," she said. "I'm definitely gonna try my best to help. I don't have much but I'm gonna try to help as much as I can."

Cobb County fire trucks arrived and finally controlled the fire. It damaged a total five apartments and left 13 people homeless, five of them children.

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire.

The Red Cross offered help to those who needed or wanted it.

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