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Apartment fire forces residents to drop babies from burning building

Georgia apartment blaze

DECATUR, Ga. -- More than 45 firefighters battled an apartment fire shortly before dawn Wednesday near Atlanta that injured about a dozen people. DeKalb County Fire Rescue Capt. Eric Jackson told CBS affiliate WGCL-TV that four adults and eight children were injured.

Jackson said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.

Jackson told reporters that the victims' ages ranged from 1 month to approximately 36. He said that people dropped babies into firefighters' arms when they arrived on the scene.

"We were catching babies like a football - literally," Jackson said. "There were adults that were on the balcony that were dropping their babies right into our arms. We had a couple firefighters catching babies, so it was just really incredible."

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Jackson told WSB-TV that firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents.

He said the fire grew after firefighters arrived. The cause wasn't immediately known.

Jackson told WGCL-TV that the fire wasn't expected to threaten other buildings.

The building, which includes about 20 units, is just northeast of Atlanta.

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