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Residents say they were put at risk after smoke alarms non-functional during fire

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Residents of a condominium complex in Lithonia where a fire displaced as many as 25 people are saying they were put in danger because the smoke alarms in their units didn't work.

The blaze broke out Monday morning around 5 a.m. at the complex on Le Parc Fontaine. The area is near the intersection of I-20 and Panola Road.

When crews arrived on scene, heavy smoke and flames were pouring out of at least two buildings.

Shaquon Alston, who lives at the complex, and his roommate are being hailed as heroes after going to door-to-door to alert other residents of the fire. 

"We're a community," said Alston. "I can't just save my life and forget everybody else's. I felt like it was the right thing to do."

At least four units were destroyed and 25 people in total have been displaced.

No injuries were reported but some residents it's a miracle no one was hurt.

"The fire alarms, they don't work either," says resident Shokran Abdulaziz. "You can pull it. It won't work and they said they didn't hear nothing. They just started smelling burning up and once they got out in the hallway everything was just falling down and breaking."

CBS46 contacted the fire chief and fire marshal's office and asked when the last time fire alarms were inspected in the building. We're still waiting on an answer.

The Red Cross is assisting those affected.

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