Three escape early morning house fire in Stone Mountain - CBS46 News

Three escape early morning house fire in Stone Mountain

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DeKalb County firefighters investigate a house fire on Clubgreen Summit. DeKalb County firefighters investigate a house fire on Clubgreen Summit.
DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

A candle burning in a bedroom likely sparked a house fire near Stone Mountain early Thursday morning that sent three men scrambling to escape.

Firefighters responded at about 3 a.m. to the home on Clubgreen Summit in the Wedgewood at Hidden Hills subdivision. All three residents were already outside when firefighters arrived, officials said.

The man who rents the home, who did not wish to give his name, said he and his roommate had a guest staying with them. The renter said the smoke alarm sounded, prompting him to investigate. He said he quickly realized there was a fire in the guest room where a candle had been burning.

The renter said he grabbed a fire extinguisher and pulled the pin, but it didn't work. He said he watched helplessly as the fire spread. Firefighters arrived and used hoses to extinguish the fire. Roughly 30 percent of the home is damaged, firefighters said.

Neighbor Matthew Carter, 13, said he watched the scene unfold.

"I saw that my room was engulfed in orange, and I wondered what was going on outside, so I looked outside, and then I saw that the house was on fire," Matthew said. "I saw flames coming through the window.

Matthew said he will talk to his mother about replacing the fire extinguisher in their home.

"We haven't changed it since we've been here," Matthew said. "We've been here 14 years, so that makes me think about changing it." 

No injuries were reported.

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