Dozens of people are out of a home after flames ripped through an east Cobb County condo building Thursday.
Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes talked to firefighters, who said the freezing temperatures made it difficult for them to battle the flames.
The water firefighters were spraying on the building was turning into ice.
Crews put down salt, so that firefighters could keep their balance.
Despite the firefighters’ efforts, the building was destroyed.
“It went up in minutes, I mean I had to just grab my jacket and run and it’s all gone, everything is gone,” said Lucy Lee, who lost everything in the fire.
Lee was in her second-floor condo at Parkaire Crossing in Marietta when the fire started.
She said her neighbors downstairs were doing renovations when something went wrong.
“They had a contractor there doing soldering and a spark apparently got ignited and had flown up into, basically, our unit, like in between the walls.” Lee said.
According to fire officials, that small spark probably turned into the huge fire.
“Smoke was actually coming out everywhere and it caught up in flames in maybe 30 minutes,” Lee said.
The building contained eight condos.
While Lee was standing outside watching her home burn, she sent her husband, Chris, pictures and told him to get home as soon as he could.
“It’s pretty horrific. She called me when I was in the car and I was not expecting for it to get that bad that quickly,” said Chris Lee.
The wind played a part in how quickly the fire spread. Fire crews got a handle on it, though, and kept it contained to the one building.
“I’m so grateful everyone was safe and nothing happened, but that’s my whole life in there. Everything is gone,” Lee said.
The Lee family has a GoFundMe account for anyone who would like to help them.
Out of the eight families displaced by the fire, four of them are being helped by the Red Cross.
The rest of them are staying with relatives.
Firefighters put a fence up around the building and boarded up what’s left of it.
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