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Firefighters put out duplex fire

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany firefighters extinguished an apartment fire in the 600 block of Willard Avenue in south Albany, off Madison Street.

AFD says that Kyla Jones, 20, was frying potatoes and chicken on the stove, and stepped away. While the stove was unattended, the grease caught fire, and spread in the kitchen.

23 year old Tiffany Jones was also inside the duplex, as was Kyla Jones' nine-month old baby. No one was hurt, but they can't stay there with the smoke damage.

Jonta Whitfield, 31, and his two children live in the B side of the duplex, and their apartment suffered smoke damage. They are displaced for now, and will stay with family.

"We were about to cook some chicken legs and the pot caught on fire," Jones said.  How did it catch on fire?  "I don't know.  I think the stove did it," said Kyla Jones.

 "Side A sustained heavy smoke and fire damage.  Side B just had smoke damage.  Both families have been displaced," said Battalion Chief Matthew Jefferson.

There were eight people in all living in the duplex where the fire started. Jones said she and daughter will move in with family, but the Red Cross has been called in to help those affected by the fire.

 Damage was estimated at $20,000.

 

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