Dozens of people are without a home after a fire engulfed a building in a Norcross apartment complex.
Fire broke out around 3 a.m. at Norcross at the Reserve at Peachtree Corners Apartments on Ashley Run Court.
According to Gwinnett County Fire officials, the fire may have been sparked by a candle that was left burning unattended in a ground level apartment.
The occupants, two adults and five children, were asleep inside the apartment and were alerted by the smoke alarm.
A man inside tried to douse the flames with a portable fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful.
"I heard the noise. I heard them screaming that it was a fire. It was no flames or anything at the beginning, but it was just smoke. I tried to open up my front door and the bottom lock was stuck so me and my four kids had to jump off the balcony on the 2nd floor," said resident Aneesah Young.
Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames showing from several apartment units on arrival. Crews had to battle the blaze from outside due to the magnitude of fire and collapse of the structure.
The intense blaze caused heavy fire damage to approximately 15 units of the 20 unit apartment building.
Firefighters are working with apartment complex management and the American Red Cross to provide assistance to displaced occupants of the building.
A complete search of the building has not been done because of the damage.
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