Apartment fire displaces multiple Warner Robins families

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Multiple families are trying to find a new place to call home after a fire Monday ruined their apartment.

Chelsea McGhee and her 8-year old daughter have minor cuts and burns. With most of their furniture and belongings gone, McGhee says they’ll replace those items. She’s just thankful that they made it out.

“My baby was crying. I was crying. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t think I was going to get out at all,” she said.

The Houston County Fire Department responded to an apartment fire just before 5:30 Monday night. It happened at The Pines at Warner Robins apartment complex off of Woodland Trail.

“I heard the guy, he was screaming and everything next door. I smelled the smoke and when I smelled the smoke I panicked. I didn’t know what to do,” McGhee said.

Tuesday morning, many of the families were packing their belongings and trying to find a place to stay. McGhee and her daughter’s apartment is gone, along with almost everything inside.

She says if it wasn’t for her neighbor’s quick thinking, the situation could of been a lot worse.

“I just heard somebody screaming. He kept screaming. Then I opened the front door. I saw flames everywhere and then I couldn’t make it out because I would of got burnt. Then I went to the back, the guy next door busted the glass out and that’s when I got out,” she said.

McGhee says they’re staying at her mother’s house, but the situation is temporary.

“The owner said they’re going to replace our apartment so we don’t have to worry about that,” she said.

Chief Investigator William Smith says no one was severely hurt, but a dog did died in the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The American Red Cross is helping the families affected by the fire.

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