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Parents jump from balconies with children to escape fire

DECATUR -- Families are in the hospital after jumping from second story balconies to escape an apartment fire.

DeKalb Fire Department responded to a fire at the Hidden Villas Apartments on Panthersville Rd early Wednesday. When trucks arrived, they encountered heavy flames and smoke.

Assistant Chief Christopher Morrison said two adults and five children "self extricated" from a second story balcony.

Photos from the scene of the fire

He said, "There were too separate apartments. A mother and her adolescent child, they jumped from one balcony and then there was a father with his four children. He actually handed the children to the mother down on the ground and then he jumped as well."

The father reportedly sustained a hand injury and is being treated at an area hospital but his four children are okay. Both the mother and her 2-year-old were taken to the hospital as well.

"Anytime you have kids involved, your first instinct is to save your children and save yourself," Morrison said. "They did have the mindset to remove themselves and remain calm and get themselves to safety."

Morrison said the fire is now under control and the cause is under investigation.

The Red Cross also responded to the fire that affected at least eight units and displaced multiple tenants. A statement from Communication Manager Diva Mims-Puckett said, "The Red Cross is providing emotional support and help for the families based on their needs for food, clothing and lodging over the next few days. Caseworkers will continue to work with the families to help plan next steps, and get them back on their feet."

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