Residents question firefighter delay in East Point fire - CBS46 News

Residents question firefighter delay in East Point apartment fire

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EAST POINT, GA (CBS46) -

Residents of an apartment complex in East Point are wondering what took firefighters so long to tackle a fire that happened about 100 yards from a fire station Sunday night.

The fire happened at the Lexington II apartments off Ben Hill Road. Jose Diaz said he was visiting with his cousins at their apartment when they noticed that the building was on fire.

"I ran to the fire station and told them there was a fire," said Diaz. "They came as quick as possible."

Diaz said it took 30 minutes to an hour, however, for firefighters to actually start fighting the fire.

"I just know that it was quite a while," said neighbor Kevin Foster. "The trucks were sitting around and different things, and we were wondering why."

Foster said once firefighters finally began putting water on the fire, it took only a few minutes to get the fire under control. By that time, he said, the building was gutted.

According to the Red Cross, eight families are displaced, including 11 adults and 10 children. Red Cross volunteers are providing vouchers to those families to help them with food, clothing and temporary shelter. No one was hurt.

A fire department spokeswoman told CBS46 that it took about 20 minutes to knock down the flames.

Check back with www.CBS46.com for updates.

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