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Person killed DeKalb Co. apartment fire identified

DECATUR, GA (WXIA) – Flames poured out of a DeKalb County apartment building early Wednesday morning. Crews put it out, but one person could not get out of the building in time.

The DeKalb Medical Examiner later identified him as 37-year-old Tony Hubert.

11Alive News was the first on the scene at the Park on Covington in Decatur as flames poured from the building.

“Just the whole thing on fire, like you’re on TV – when they have those fires, where you’re running out and people jumping out windows, yes – that’s what it was,” said resident Adrienne Dunham.

Dunham said she jumped out of bed at the sound of her smoke detector amid the chaos.

“You don’t have time to think,” she said. “Only thing you know is you’re trying to get out.”

The body of man who did not make it out – Tony Hubert – was found in the room, where fire investigators said they believe the fire started.

“We had massive fire, heavy fire load to the apartment where the victim was found,” said DeKalb Deputy Fire Chief Norman Augustin. “Most of the fire was contained, with some in the hallways area.”

One woman had to jump from the building to escape a similar fate.

Once the fire was out, the damage was clear. Extensive – throughout the front and back. Charred out rooms were on the upper level. It was a sight hard to see for residents like Dunham, but she’s certainly thankful to have made it out alive.

“I thank God I’m out,” she said. “It was Him who saved me.”

There were nearly two dozen crews on the scene to fight the blaze.