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DeKalb apartment fire started by child playing with lighter

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Flames damaged 10 units at the Paradise East Apartments in DeKalb County on Tuesday. Flames damaged 10 units at the Paradise East Apartments in DeKalb County on Tuesday.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

A fire that sparked at the Paradise East Apartments in DeKalb County on Tuesday is believed to have been started by a 7-year-old child who was playing with a lighter.

Firefighters say 10 units inside a three-story building at the complex located on Bouldercrest Road were heavily damaged by the flames.  They call it a prime example of the danger posed by children playing with matches and lighters.   

Authorities said the child's parents were inside the apartment when the fire sparked, but they were sleeping. 

Residents heard shouts and say they had just a few minutes to get out of the burning building.  Some of them broke through a window to rescue an elderly resident, Ava Sanders, from her unit. 

"The woke me up beating on my window," Sanders told FOX 5, "'Miss Ava, get out of there!  There's a fire!'  That's all I know."

Six people were taken to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, but their injuries did not appear to be serious.  The Red Cross arrived Tuesday afternoon to assist displaced residents.  Meanwhile, the child who is believed to have started the fire is being referred to a county program for children who are involved in setting fires.

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