CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - FOX 5 viewers and the metro Atlanta community are donating items to help 65 people displaces by an apartment fire Wednesday.
The blaze broke out just after 2 p.m. at the Ashford Village Apartments on Upper Riverdale Road in Jonesboro.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, the apartment complex’s owners, and managers asked people in the community to lend a helping hand.
Andre and Keyona Smith watched all their belongings go up in flames Wednesday. The relentless fire is so devastating to them because they survived a terrible blaze in their hometown of Philadelphia before, and this was déjà vu. However, Andre, who had to be evacuated, was determined to do one thing differently.
"They said ‘fire!’ I grabbed my cell phone and my dogs. It was a flashback of the last fire. I was determined to get those dogs," Mr. Smith said.
The Smiths and their two children call an extended stay motel home for now. They came back to Ashford Ridge Friday to enjoy a hot meal and pick up some donations.
The Clayton County community has been very generous donating everything from toiletries to clothing and even bicycles.
FOX 5 viewer Garey Claxton donated some barely used furniture. It included two beds, a mattress and box spring. He threw in a dresser, two nightstands, and even a chair, just because he wants to help out.
"I have always been that way. I did not grow up with much, but I always said when I get the opportunity, I will help others," said Claxton. "It is something I love to do. It feels good."