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Published on March 02, 2024
Atlanta Neighbor Alerts Firefighters, Leading to Rescue of Woman and Dog from House Fire Source: Google Street View

Early Friday morning, a potential tragedy in southwest Atlanta was swiftly averted when firefighters rescued a woman and her dog from a burning house. The incident occurred shortly after 5 a.m. in the 1800 block of Windsor Drive near Campbellton Road, where a vigilant neighbor played a crucial role in alerting emergency services.

The neighbor, identified by FOX 5 as Altamese John-Baptiste, was outside taking in the morning air when she noticed smoke. Acting quickly to potentially save to interrupt the flames' spread, John-Baptiste called 911 before rushing to awaken the unaware homeowner by pounding on her door and ringing the doorbell.

Upon arrival, Atlanta firefighters were able to break down the front door and extract the woman, who had been asleep during the entire ordeal. According to Channel 2's Darryn Moore, crews discovered her and the dog inside the home, the woman in the bedroom and her pet in the hallway.

Capt. Justin Pedrazzi of the Atlanta Fire Department credited the closed bedroom door for keeping the fire contained, effectively to limit the spread of the flames throughout the house. "The bedroom door was shut, which kept the fire compartmentalized," Pedrazzi told Channel 2. The woman received a checkup from EMS at the scene, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.