Apartment fire demolishes 5 units in Smyrna
by Nikki Wiley
March 03, 2014 04:00 AM | 2766 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Perla Doradea, center, holds her son, Christopher, 2, as she stands with her sister, Lydia, in front of what was their home at Ashbrook Crossing apartments in Smyrna. <br>Staff/Jeff Stanton
Perla Doradea, center, holds her son, Christopher, 2, as she stands with her sister, Lydia, in front of what was their home at Ashbrook Crossing apartments in Smyrna.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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SMYRNA — More than a dozen adults and children are without a place to sleep after a fire ripped through a Smyrna apartment complex Sunday morning, damaging five units.

The blaze began at about 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Ashbrook Crossing off South Cobb Drive. Initial reports indicated the fire could have started by a grill, but an investigator was working to confirm the cause Sunday.

It took 13 fire trucks to battle the fire. No one was injured, but firefighters rescued a puppy from the building.

The Red Cross had been notified and was working to find housing for those affected

Sunday.

Kevin Donaldson said he was sleeping when the flames broke out and was awakened by three people coming inside his apartment to get him out safely.

There was a thick cloud of black smoke making it impossible to see in front of him, Donaldson said.

“I’ve never been in a situation like this before,” Donaldson said.

Perla Doradea said she just happened to be away from her apartment enjoying the spring-like weather with her family at Kennesaw Mountain when the fire began.

Standing outside the destroyed apartment building and holding her 2-year-old son, Christopher, in her arms, Doradea said she was thankful she was not in the apartment at the time.

It was luck, she said, that her family was biking at the mountain and decided to take their shih tzu, Jason, with them.

“We never take our dog when we go bicycling,” Doradea said.

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